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Bed Rest Survival Guide

July 7th, 2010 | By: Sydney Loney
10 strategies to help you rest easier

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Bed Rest Survival Guide

While many moms-to-be might crave an extra hour or two between the sheets, being put on bed rest is usually more stressful than restful. Here are 10 things you can do to make bed rest bearable.

What is bed rest?

Bed rest can mean everything from “reduced activity” to being confined to a hospital bed with a bedpan at your side. Bed rest is usually prescribed for women with pregnancy complications, such as placenta previa, preterm labor or preeclampsia.

For many women, being on bed rest can be boring, inconvenient and extremely stressful, says Barbara Lucas, a perinatal social worker at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. “Some women feel isolated and disconnected from the outside world, which puts them at high risk for depression,” she says.