Bed Rest - Modified vs. Strict

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-01-2009
Bed Rest - Modified vs. Strict
13
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 12:55pm

From the beginning of my pregnancy, all of my drs have said that I will most likely be on some form of bed rest and that by 20 weeks I'd probably be on a strict form of it. So far, my directive has been to "take it easy" so that's what I've been doing. I'm mostly on the couch, occasionally do dishes or grocery shop and will drive myself to appts out of necessity, but I'm not doing anything strenuous (lifting laundry, taking the dogs on walks.) I'm 20 weeks today and feel good overall despite occasional back pain (usually helped my changing positions). As of my appt last week doc said to just keep doing what I'm doing because everything has been progressing nicely. I have my full anatomy scan next week which will also be the start of bi-weekly cervical checks, but until then I'm kind of at this weird crossroads of what should I or shouldn't I do? I know doc said to just keep doing what I'm doing but I'm now questioning some things I have lined up. Do I go play Bingo with my mom? (Don't laugh, it's really fun.) Do I keep my RSVP to my friend's wedding in 2 weeks?

Photobucket Forever Missing Our Angels ~ May 2010 ~ August 2010 ~ October 2010 

Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-16-2008
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 2:54pm
If your doc is saying to keep up what you're doing, personally, I would do just that. Listen to your body, rest when you're tired, stay well hydrated, especially in the heat of the summer. Did you know even the March of Dimes says bed rest may not do anything to help prevent pre-term labor? It's one of those topics that's widely debated amongst doctors, some prescribe it at a set point of time and others attempt to avoid it as long as possible. I know I was just twins but my OB told me to reduce activity but that unless I needed true hospital bed rest she likely wouldn't put me on restricted activity. I never needed it, I just rested and listened to my body. Keeping active, even if that was folding laundry while sitting in bed, kept me sane.

---Restricted activity
Some health care providers recommend that women restrict their activities to prevent preterm labor. Bedrest is often advised, despite conflicting research evidence about its effectiveness. While decreasing a hectic schedule may help a pregnant woman to relax, bedrest has not been shown to reduce the rate of preterm birth.---
Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-16-2009
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 4:57pm
Enjoy yourself but definitely stay in tune with your body and at the least bit of discomfort or exhaustion, take a break! As far as your baby shower, I would say sooner rather than later. My pregnancy was awesome until it wasn't, I'm not saying it will happen to you- but I was hospitalized less than a week after my baby shower, talk about cutting it close!
P.S. Even when I was in the hospital they let me out of bed. I could walk, but if I was leaving the unit I had to be in a wheelchair. I know the last few days before I was in the hospital I had to use the mobility carts when I went to the store. I know some people think that's misuse, but a complicated pregnancy *IS* a medical condition.
Sarah, 25 *IVF*First Cycle Canceled. Second Cycle Chemical Pregnancy. *Third Cycle Successful 3 weeks hospital for Pre-E. E&E born July 2010 via emergency cesarean at 34 weeks. NICU for a month. Now home & healthy. *FET with embies from cycle 3- BFN
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2008
Thu, 06-30-2011 - 11:44pm

I agree with the other ladies. At this time I'd listen to your doctor and your body. If the doctors are telling you to just keep doing what you're doing then that's what I'd do. Definitely listen to your body and your instincts. Stay well hydrated as being dehydrated can be a cause of pre-term labor. If you start to feel tired or funny in any way take it easy, sit down, relax.

FWIW, I was on strict hospital bedrest for 8 weeks with my son (first pregnancy). I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I was allowed up to go to the bathroom & that was it. Three years later and I feel like I'm still trying to recover from all of that but that has been compounded by two more pregnancies where I've been on restricted activity.

Anyway, with my twins I was on restricted activity from the beginning due to my pregnancy history and the fact that no one can explain why things went haywire in my first pregnancy. They would have recommended bedrest even though there is controversy about whether or not it's effective in preventing pre-term labor but they knew I had two little kids to keep up with. The further along I got the more my body let me know what it could or couldn't do. By the time the girls were born I called the day a success if the kids were fed and had their diapers changed. I was so swollen I could hardly move!

ERIN


Above all else guard your heart, for it affects all you do. Proverbs 4:23


Avatar for Cmmelissa
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 12:19pm
I agree with the others, just keep what you are doing and listen to your body. How long is bingo? If it's just for an hour or two and you are feeling good, than go enjoy yourself. For your friends wedding, just play it by ear. You could at least go to the wedding itself, if you need to go lay down for a bit before going to the reception you would probably have some time for that. For your own baby shower, I'm sure that if you need to recline a bit on the couch, people will totally understand :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-01-2009
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 2:49pm
Elissa - Thanks for the info. I had no idea bedrest was such a hot topic...shows what research I've done. ;-) I've been on "take it easy" pretty much the entire pregnancy, and have been on complete pelvic restriction (aka no sex) since week 5. My body is definitely not being overworked in any way right now, but it's still scary. I'm listening to my body, but then I'm always second-guessing everything. I know it's normal to worry in any pg but I feel this added pressure with 3 in there.
Photobucket Forever Missing Our Angels ~ May 2010 ~ August 2010 ~ October 2010 
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-01-2009
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 2:52pm
Sarah - My baby shower is scheduled for 7/30 and I'll be 24 weeks which I think will be good timing. I'm still worried about it of course, but my mom understands my need to take it easy. It's being held at a church so I'll see if they have any comfy chairs for me.

I agree that complicated pg is definitely a medical condition, and the thought has crossed my mind to use one of the motorized scooters. I'm not quite there yet, especially since I don't do the shopping much, but I won't feel bad about using one if I do.
Photobucket Forever Missing Our Angels ~ May 2010 ~ August 2010 ~ October 2010 
Avatar for Cmmelissa
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 2:54pm
Also don't feel guilty if your doctor is able to get you a temporary handicap permit for parking. It's something you'll appreciate even just for use at your doctor's office if they are in a big building.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-01-2009
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 2:58pm
Thank you for sharing your experience, Erin. I'm definitely listening to my body, but that doesn't mean I'm always secure in my decisions. I honestly feel like I don't want to do anything at all, other than stay in bed and grow these babies. I know that's not realistic for me but since I'm not working it's more feasible for me to take it easy on a daily basis. Doc has me on a weekly progesterone shot as well so I'm hoping that helps with any potential issues, although that is something else that the effectiveness is debated. So much to think about!
Photobucket Forever Missing Our Angels ~ May 2010 ~ August 2010 ~ October 2010 
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-01-2009
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 3:01pm
Thanks Melissa! I'm definitely taking it easy with each of these things. I ended up going to Bingo last night and it was a couple of hours and I felt fine, despite some back discomfort. I brought my back/belly support with me and that was helpful. (I also won $230 so I'm glad I went. haha) I'm not planning on spending too much time at the wedding, probably just ceremony and dinner and go home. As for my shower, it's coming up at the end of this month so I'll be at 24 weeks and hopefully still ok. I'm just so nervous about my scan next week, hoping that my cervix looks good which is one of my main concerns right now. I'll kup!
Photobucket Forever Missing Our Angels ~ May 2010 ~ August 2010 ~ October 2010 
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-01-2009
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 3:06pm
That would be awesome...although the current office doesn't have parking, it's all street or valet. I literally valeted my car yesterday because there was nowhere to park...seriously, valet at the dr??? lol

I know at the military hospitals they have "Stork Parking" where you can get a permit for special spots when you reach 32 weeks, although when we do make it back to a military hospital (hopefully by 26 weeks) I'll still request one.
Photobucket Forever Missing Our Angels ~ May 2010 ~ August 2010 ~ October 2010 

Pages