Bed rest is a common practice during pregnancy to help alleviate pregnancy complications. Bed rest increases blood flow to the placenta and can slightly increase a baby’s birth weight. The confinement period can be as temporary as a few days or can last months. Bed rest can pose many challenges to your daily routine and the confinement can become frustrating. Here are a few tips to help you cope during bed rest.
Bed Rest Discomforts
Bed rest is different for every person. You may be allowed to move around the house without doing any heavy lifting or your guidelines could be stricter – remaining in a sitting or reclining position, only getting up to use the bathroom. During bed rest, it is common to experience muscle soreness and other joint discomforts. Changing from position to position can help stimulate your muscles and relieve pressure.
Bed rest also poses the risk of developing blood clots, especially in the veins of your legs. If your health care provider approves, set aside time for stretching or other gentle exercises. This can greatly improve any joint pains you may have and the exercises can provide an outlet to relieve stress.
Below are some common exercises from the American Pregnancy Association that may be used:
- Squeezing stress balls
- Pressing your hands and feet against the bed
- Turning your arms and feet in circles
- Tensing or tightening your arm and leg muscles
Along with aches and pains, one of the most common side effects of bed rest is boredom. Some ways you can overcome this is by planning activities or things you want to get done before the baby arrives. Shop online for baby supplies, work on a scrapbook for your newborn, or read “What to Expect When Your Expecting”. Now is the time to pull out all those old to-do lists and start checking them off. And if you don’t feel like doing any of that, the remote is never too far away.
If you have questions or concerns about being on bed rest and want to learn more, schedule an appointment online with our OBGYNs in Orlando at Contemporary Women’s Care or call (407) 478-6249 today.