Why Do You Need Bed Rest During Pregnancy?

Why Do You Need Bed Rest During Pregnancy?

What Is Bed Rest?

For the most part, women are able to stay active and busy throughout their entire pregnancy. Many women exercise every day and some continue to work all the way up until they go into labor. However, not every woman is so lucky. In fact, somewhere around twenty percent of women are prescribed bed rest for at least a part of their pregnancy. Bed rest is typically described as advising (or prescribing) a pregnancy woman to rest at home, lying down, in order to minimize complications of her pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Why Bed Rest?

There are many different situations in which a doctor might suggest bed rest for a patient. Some women are told to spend time lying on the couch or sitting around at home. Other women are advised to simply try to stay off their feet as much as possible and not do too much.

For other women, bed rest means spending a portion of pregnancy in a hospital room, in a hospital bed, with hospital staff, and not being able to get up and move around at all. The most common reasons that bed rest is prescribed are things like carrying twins or multiples, preterm labor or risk of preterm labor, placenta previa, gestational hypertension, or preeclampsia.

Does Bed Rest Help?

The point of bed rest is to, well, give your body a rest during pregnancy. Bed rest is not a guarantee that nothing bad will happen to you during your pregnancy, it is only a safeguard and a precaution to try to keep you as safe as possible.

Some experts argue that bed rest doesn’t really do any good for pregnant women, and still others continue to recommend bed rest, saying that if it helps at least a little bit, that it is better than nothing. Doctors all agree that more research and studies need to be done on bed rest to find out just how helpful bed rest is.

Coping With Bed Rest

While the thought of sleeping, laying around, and resting might sound appealing to the exhausted pregnant woman, bed rest can quickly get old and exhausting in its own way. First of all, if your doctor recommends bed rest, make sure to find out just what your limitations are. Are you allowed up for a few hours a day, or do you have to stay in bed 24/7?

Can you get by with just taking rest periods throughout the day? Make sure to get everything you need within reach: computer, phone, games, books, snacks, etc. Also make sure that you have visitors coming by to check on you and keep you company: staying in bed all day can get lonely! Try to think out of the box and come with ways to cope with being on bed rest, and try to make the best of it if you can!

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).