There are many reasons a pregnant woman can be put on bed rest. Bed rest can be temporary or a permanent thing during pregnancy.
During my first pregnancy, I had a placental abruption with preterm labor at twenty five and a half weeks that put me on bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy.
I was able to stay on bed rest for the majority of the thirteen weeks in the comfort of my own home.
However, we did have a few hospital stays where they discussed having to keep me in the hospital for the remainder of the pregnancy if they couldn’t get my symptoms under control.
I was extremely fortunate that this happened during my first pregnancy. I didn’t have to care for another child or anything else but myself.
If I would have been put on bed rest during my second pregnancy, it would have been a lot more stressful and complicated, but, I’m sure with my family support system, we would have made it work.
As I mentioned before, there are many reasons and lengths for bed rest during pregnancy.
So, no matter how long you’re on bed rest for, you’re going to need a list of activities to keep yourself occupied.
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Bed Rest Survival Activities
1. Journal Writing
Bed rest can be boring and stressful. Hours can feel like they last days.
Sometimes, writing out your feelings in a journal can help you express them in a proper manner.
I know during my bed rest stent, I was anxious, all day- everyday.
I was afraid that one wrong move could set off labor and impact my own health or the health of my baby. It was scary and nerve wracking for thirteen long weeks.
A case manager from my insurance company, recommended I start writing things out. It gave me a new outlet.
I felt like I could get my feelings out and not have to put the burden on my husband and other family members.
2. Write a letter (or a few) to your unborn child
Again, this is a therapeutic thing, like journal writing. With being on bed rest, you’ll have all day long, every day, to build an extra strong bond.
With every kick and movement, it was a reassuring feeling to know she was doing okay.
You can write just about anything to your child.
They may not really care about it until they’re older, are pregnant or have kids of their own.
Or maybe, maybe you even keep your letter as a momento for yourself and the pregnancy.
Whatever helps you get through the days.
I even started a little pregnancy scrapbook to keep all my milestones of the pregnancy together and in one place.
3. Netflix / Streaming Shows
Now is the time to binge watch all of your favorite shows.
If you have a list of shows you’ve been wanting to watch, now, you can get to that list.
I do have a little theory though, whatever you watch is something that you’re baby will hear and get used to the sound of.
For example, I binge watched every episode of Gilmore Girls (multiple times). Needless to say, we heard the theme song on many occasions.
Once my oldest daughter was born, even when she was super little and even crying, if we put Gilmore Girls on, she would stop crying and be glued to the song.
To this day, if I ever put Gilmore Girls on (you know I do on the regular, lol), she will stop what she’s doing to dance and now, even sing the song.
My theory is she heard it so much while in utero that it brings her comfort now throughout life.
This is just like why they say you should talk to your child in utero, so they become familiar with your voice and find comfort in it.
Coloring can be very therapeutic as an adult. It gives you something to do that helps express your creativity without being mobile.
This is a good thing to do if you’re on bed rest with other children in tow.
It keeps them occupied and keeps you within you’re allowed activities.
5. Design the Nursery
If you can’t actually get up and lay out the nursery, build the furniture, organize the closet, then this is the next best thing you can do.
I would research ideas on Pinterest for what I wanted our daughter’s nursery to look like.
Once I got my list of ideas on Pinterest, I had the general lay out of the bedroom and I was able to sketch out the layout of how I wanted her room to look.
My husband brought home paint chip colors and sample paints.
We painted a little area in the room that I was in. It was hidden behind a piece of artwork and I was able to pick the shades of what I wanted for the nursery.
My father in law and husband painted her room and took pics and video for me to see.
Her room was upstairs and ours was downstairs.
Since I wasn’t allowed to climb the stairs, this was the best way to find out how it looked.
He then laid everything out in the nursery according to my sketches and took pictures and videos to show me all of his hard work.
I’m still so in love with her nursery and really need to create a post so you all can see how amazing he made it turn out.
6. Plan your Baby Shower
If you don’t think you’ll have a surprise shower, you can use this bed rest time to plan out the things you’d like for your shower.
Since you’ll more than likely have friends and family doing all the work putting it together, you can plan it out and order things online to help make it easier on them.
You can find baby shower themes, color ideas, games, food ideas and so much more on Pinterest.
If you can’t tell, I was a big fan of Pinterest on my bed rest journey.7. Create your Baby Registry
While on bed rest is the perfect time to create or update your baby registry.
Now that Babies R Us is no longer, a lot of people, myself included, have turned to creating a FREE Amazon Baby Registry.
Just like other baby registry stores, you get different benefits for creating a registry with them.
The benefits tend to change on occasion.
Sometimes you can get free items like diapers, wipes and Amazon gift cards. You’ll almost always get a completion discount.
This is a great way to save money on your registry items.
I have created my top Amazon Baby Registry Items list for you to use as inspiration of all the things you can get through Amazon.
I have even shared some of my favorite Nursing Clothing that you can find on Amazon.
You can get all your Breastfeeding Necessities and Essentials from the comfort of your own couch/bed from Amazon too.
Quite a few of these posts have been inspired by the things I did while on bed rest myself.
As I tackled these lists, I was able to feel like I was getting something accomplished for my pregnancy while stuck on bed rest.
8. Hospital Bag List
Since you most likely shouldn’t be actually packing your own Hospital Bag, you can create your hospital bag list for your partner to put together for you.
You’ll also want to get the baby’s diaper bag together and a daddy bag/ partner bag that way they have all they need at the hospital as well.
9. Breastfeeding Class
I wish I would have known about the Ultimate Breastfeeding Class while I was on bed rest with my first pregnancy.
However, since I have found this during my second pregnancy and I have taken it, it is something that I highly recommend taking!
You can crush all your breastfeeding fears, answer any questions you may have and find out all you need to know about breastfeeding with this awesome breastfeeding course from Milkology.
It is very informative and the best thing is, you can do it from home.
You don’t have to go to any classes. You can take it all online and it is VERY, VERY, VERY reasonable (less than $20!).
I hope these activities help you make it through bed rest.
If you ever feel like you need someone else to talk to who has been through bed rest while on pregnancy, feel free to contact me.
Best of luck to you!