Hospital bedrest is not something fun or something anyone wants. When I was put on bedrest, it was almost a relief because I had really not been feeling well.
My daughter is my first child, so I didn’t have other children at home. I don’t what it’s like to have other children at home when you are stuck in the hospital. I missed my dog a lot, so I can only imagine how it must feel having kids at home.
Based on my experience, here are some tips to help make this time more manageable.
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Have some comforts from home
My hospitalization was unexpected, so I had nothing with me. The first day was awful without anything of my own. My husband and my mom packed up a bag of some essentials. You can see my post about things to pack in your hospital bag, these are all things I had brought to me while I was on bedrest. Some things they brought me included clothes, slippers, toiletries, books, and snacks – which brings us to my next suggestion.
If you’re not on a restricted diet, it can be nice to have some of your favorite snacks or comfort foods. I was lucky that the hospital I was at had really good food, but it still wasn’t the same as being at home. We only got meals at the specific meal times. I would always wake up at least an hour before the hospital served breakfast, and I was hungry! This was when having my own snacks was really helpful.
Since you are going to be staying at the hospital for some time, it is nice to have your own toiletries. If you aren’t able to shower, having some cleansing wipes and dry shampoo are musts. Batiste Dry Shampoo is my favorite, a friend actually brought it to me while I was in the hospital, and I am still using it today. For cleansing wipes, I love the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cucumber and Sage, they are so refreshing and gentle on sensitive skin.
Lotion and my Burt’s Bees chapstick were other must have items for me. It’s nice to have your own hairbrush and I even had some makeup brought to me so I could freshen up for visitors. I like to wear a little makeup when I’m not feeling well, it somehow helps me feel better. I find this funny since I pretty much never wear makeup usually.
Create a Routine
A routine for your day is nice to have. Get up and shower in the morning if you can. If you are up for and allowed to walk around have a time that you take a walk. Have a time where you read a book, listen to a podcast or radio, talk with friends and family. My hospital had a physical therapist meet with me and she gave me different little exercises I should do from my bed, so I would do those before each meal.
Having different times to do things will help break up the day and keep you from watching tv all day, which is fine if that’s what you want to do that and you feel okay doing that. For me, I don’t usually watch tv so if that was all I did all day I wasn’t going to be happy. Keeping your spirits up is important during this time.
Keep Yourself Busy
You can do a lot of different things even when you are stuck in bed. I had a sewing craft I was working on – a cross stitch pattern for my daughter’s nursery. I worked on this each day, giving me something to do.
Other ideas for activities are books, magazines, and crossword puzzles. Whatever you choose, make sure it is something you enjoy doing and not something that is going to add any extra stress.
Practice some meditation, or something that helps you feel relaxed. It is stressful being in the hospital. One of my nurses gave me a website for a guided meditation that was about connecting with your pregnancy. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of this particular website. I listened to it a couple of times a day to help me relax. Find something that you can do during this time that will help bring you any calmness possible.
Talk to your nurses. If you are going to be there a while you will get to know your nurses. Talk to them, be nice to them, they will make your stay better. If you have a nurse that is not your style, you can request not to have that particular nurse again.
If you have a roommate you can try to talk to them too. I had one roommate I talked to and it was nice connecting with someone else going through the same thing. My second roommate was not a good match. I wish I advocated more to get my room switched. Don’t be afraid to speak up if something like that happens to you.
I hope that these tips are helpful to anyone that is facing bedrest. It is not the best time, but if you are there then just know you are doing what is best for you and your baby.
Do you have any tips that I missed? Leave them in the comments below!