4 Tips to Survive Bed Rest when Pregnant

Bed rest, are you kidding me? “How am I ever going to survive 8+ weeks of resting much less lying in bed all day?” That’s the question I kept asking myself when my doctor informed me early on in my pregnancy that I would be placed on bed rest beginning at 28 weeks. As the weeks neared, a feeling of anxiety began to build in my body as thoughts of “what to do” relished in my mind.

If you find yourself in the same situation, here are a few helpful hints to pass the time during bed rest.

1. Don’t be afraid to make a “to do list” for your husband, family, and friends (example: grocery store list, Walmart/Target list, dinner, laundry, to do’s around the house, and simple errands). Although it can be difficult asking others to help, I strongly suggest doing so. It will make your life so much easier and will make people feel like they are supporting you.

2. Blogging was a saving grace to me in more ways than one during my weeks of bed rest. Not only was I able to pass time by blogging, I was able to connect to other moms of multiples, others that struggled with infertility and the IVF process, and so much more. Blogging was also a way for me to journal my journey to motherhood and will act as a baby book for my children, as it holds precious memories.

3. Get hooked on a good book. There are so many new ones out there, so grab your Kindle, Nook, and/or iPad, curl up on the couch, and start reading!

4. And last but not least, indulge in as much “trash TV” and TLC as you can. It’s the only time that you can get away with it, and probably the last time you will be able to do it for a while, so don’t be embarrassed, just do it!


How to Survive

I’m no expert, but doing the above sure did help pass the time when I was expecting twins and placed on bed rest at 28 weeks. It wasn’t always easy sitting and resting, especially there was so much to do to prepare for our little ones, but as each passing doctor appointment came and went with no signs of preterm labor, I knew I was doing what was right for my body and my babies. So, if you find yourself in the same situation, know it’s normal to feel anxious, but just remember, you are doing what’s best for yourself, your body, and most importantly, your baby/babies.

My name is Hayley Scott and I’m blessed to be the MoM of 3 ½ year old b/g twins. My journey to motherhood wasn’t an easy one, as there were a few bumps along the road, but with time, many prayers, great doctors, and a few bucks (yeah right, more like thousands), our dreams came true on December 21, 2008. I was lucky enough to call myself a stay at home mom for 2 ½ years, however this year, I accepted a position as a Reading Specialist in the district in which I previously taught. Along with being a mom and wife, returning to work full time, and owning and operating a small online embroidery boutique (Oh Sew Cute Boutique), I decided to take the plunge and pursue my Master’s Degree. It’s not always an easy task juggling everything and at times it can be a bit hectic, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
Prior to returning to work full time and grad school, I was an avid blogger. I love blogging and have met so many sweet people from this social network. Unfortunately, my blog has had to take the backseat the last few months due to lack of time in general, but I’m slowly getting back into the blogging routine. To keep up with my ever so busy life, head on over to my blog, What’s the Scoop With the Scott Family; www.scottsscoop724.blogspot.com.

I spent the last 3 weeks in June in an intense writing institute, where I was required to write and submit 2 papers. The extensive paper was the last paper I wrote and I had to submit it in hopes that it would be published. While on vacation at the beach for the 4th of July, I was blown away when I heard back from the Multiples and More Blog, that my piece, How to Survive Bed Rest, was selected. It’s an honest piece of how I survived 8+ weeks of bed rest and I thought it could be helpful to others in a similar situation.

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  1. Bed rest can be a doozy! I was on bed rest for 2 months. I was going insane. I took up knitting and watched way too much tv and learned the fine are of cross words… now I want to be one bed rest. I spend my whole day chasing around 2 one yeard olds. I just want one weekend of bed rest please!
    So I say keep you eye on the prize, the bundle of joy at the end makes it worth while. I know it is not what you want to hear, but it is.
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  2. I’m Bed Resting as I read this!
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  3. Oh, I feel for you, too! I went into preterm labor at 23 weeks with my twins (now almost 3), and was there until the Dr. said go for it at 36 weeks – so 12 weeks on bedrest. It can be so boring and makes you feel ‘lazy’ sometimes, but I LOVE your list! It’s also so important to remind yourself that you’re not just laying around; you’re building two (or three, if that’s the case) little human beings, and nothing can be more important than that 😀

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