Posts Tagged ‘bed rest’

Chat on bed rest

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

bed restMany of you have had difficult pregnancies that have included bed rest. A health care provider may tell a mom to stay in bed due to spotting, early contractions or other signs of preterm labor. Conditions like high blood pressure, bleeding or carrying multiples may increase the risk of going into preterm labor. In cases of cervical insufficiency (CI), when the cervix opens before it should, bed rest may ease pressure on the cervix.

Join us for a chat on bed rest. Share your experience and tell us about the different things that helped keep you sane during this period. Our guest will be Angela Davids from Keep ‘Em Cookin. Jump in and ask questions any time. You’ll find us on Twitter @modhealthtalk, Thursday Nov. 7th at 1 PM ET. Be sure to use #pregnancychat to fully participate. We look forward to chatting with you then.

Upcoming chats in November

Friday, October 25th, 2013

texting2We have pulled together a calendar of Twitter chats @MODHealthTalk for Prematurity Awareness Month. Mark them on your calendar and then come join us.


11/1 – Infant and baby loss, 9 PM ET. #losschat
11/7 – Bed rest with Keep ‘Em Cookin, 1 PM ET. #pregnancychat
11/14 – Going home after the NICU, 1 PM ET. #NICUchat
11/16 – Parenting in the NICU, 1 PM ET. #worldprematurityday (Part of the World Prematurity Network relay)
11/17 – Birth stories. World Prematurity Day, anytime all day. #birthstories.
11/20 – Early intervention: how to get help for your child. 1 PM ET. #preemiechat

Chat today on bed rest

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

bed-restJoin us today, Thursday February 9th, at 1 PM EST for a chat about bed rest during pregnancy. Our guest today is Angela from @KeepEmCookin.

While some bystanders say “What an easy life!” bed rest can be a pretty grim & lonely time. The novelty wears off quickly. The monotony, especially if you are horizontal 24/7, can lead to depression and can strain family relationships.

Find out reasons why your doc might put you on bed rest and the difference between complete and partial bed rest. Share your experience and offer suggestions on how to keep busy and not go bonkers. Join in the conversation but be sure to use #pregnancychat to participate and see the full conversation.

Bedrest is tough

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

bed-restWhile the value of bedrest is questioned by some medical professionals, many of us who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy are willing to undergo bedrest in the hope that it will help ensure a healthy baby in our next pregnancy. Even if the evidence isn’t there, it seems like common sense – but it isn’t always.

Most physicians state they have ordered some form of bedrest, for patients with conditions like high blood pressure, bleeding or carrying multiples that increase their risk of going into preterm labor. But a review of the literature gave no indication that birth outcomes were any better.  In cases of cervical insufficiency (CI), when the cervix opens before it should, bedrest may be suggested and warranted. Other treatments for CI, like cerclage, have a more proven track record, though.

While some bystanders may say “What an easy life!” bedrest can be a pretty grim and lonely time.  The novelty wears off fairly quickly. Lack of exercise can make you incredibly weak while your muscles begin to atrophy. Weight loss can occur which is not healthy in pregnancy and may add to the risk of preterm labor. The monotony, especially if you are horizontal 24/7, can lead to depression and can strain family relationships.  Being left alone for hours with fears about a high-risk pregnancy is tough. And if the pregnant woman’s salary is a big part of the family income, major financial problems can arise.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that “bed rest, hydration and pelvic rest does not appear to improve the rate of preterm birth and should not be routinely recommended.”  It’s a tough decision.  Were you on bedrest?  How did you feel?  What suggestions do you have for coping?

Making the best of bedrest

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

knit-scarvesSometimes a health provider tells a pregnant women to stay in bed because she is having spotting, early contractions or other signs of preterm labor.

Both mom and the provider want to do everything they can to help get the baby to term.

But let’s face it, bedrest can be BORING! Women knit, catch up on their reading, watch a lot of TV, or visit online communities like Share Your Story from the March of Dimes and Sidelines.

Some women get very anxious when they’re on bedrest. They worry about everything they feel in their bodies. And with so much time on their hands, their thoughts race.

A small new study has found that music may relieve anxiety. In the study, women on bedrest chose from a selection of slow, soothing music provided by the researchers. Anxiety levels in women who received “music therapy” decreased.

This study reminds us that sometimes medical research confirms what we already suspect. So if you are on bedrest or if you know someone who is, play some restful slow music. It might help.

No cheating on bed rest

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

bed-rest“I’m putting you on bed rest” can mean a lot of different things.  Some women are put on bed rest at home, some are in the hospital.  Some are on partial bedrest, meaning they can get up and fix a sandwich for lunch, take a shower, etc. and stay off their feet the rest of the time.  Others are on strict bed rest and must remain horizontal, perhaps hooked to monitors, at all times.  You’ve got to know exactly what your doc means.

A lot depends on why you’re on bed rest.  Although there is no clear consensus on the benefits of it, many doctors prescribe bed rest to address a complication.   If your blood pressure is elevated, bed rest may help reduce the pressure. It may increase blood flow to the placenta or reduce strain with certain placental complications.  Bed rest may help reduce vaginal bleeding, take pressure off an incompetent or effacing cervix, lower the chance of preterm labor and the possibility of delivering too early. Bed rest can mean a lot of different things, so if your provider mentions it to you, ask a lot of questions so that you fully understand what is meant.  (Can I use the toilet, take a shower or bath? Can I sit up, go into the kitchen? Is sex off limits? What exercises are OK and what’s not?)

The object of bed rest is to allow pregnancy to continue in as healthy a way and for as long as possible.  But it can turn into a real drag pretty quickly.  If you’re going stir crazy and tempted to cheat, don’t.  Instead, work on crossword puzzles, Sudoku, photo albums, baby announcements, read, listen to books on tape, watch movies, write emails or blog posts… Take up a new hobby like scrapbooking or knitting. Plan a girls night in, watch a flick and do your nails. Allow your family and friends to help you.  Work up weekly menus and shopping lists for them.  Most of them will be happy to help keep you and your baby healthy.  It’s not forever, and it is for the best possible outcome.