If you have a health complication or high-risk pregnancy, you may be put on bedrest.
This can mean:
Ask your health care provider to be specific about the kind of bedrest you need and what you can and cannot do.
Common reasons for bedrest include:
Bedrest will not cure any of these conditions. However, it can help manage them.
Call your health care provider right away if you have signs of preterm labor before 37 weeks of pregnancy:
Bedrest brings major changes to your household.
You will have to rely on your husband, partner, family members, or friends to help you with shopping, meals, laundry,and getting ready for your baby.
You may feel fine, making it hard to stay in bed. This is especially true if you feel pressure to return to work or keep up with your workload.
It may help to think about bedrest as being one way to parent your baby right now. Each member of your family can take on new tasks to help your baby.
Tips to help you cope with being on bedrest:
For bedrest support, call Sidelines National Support Network at 1-888-447-4754 or visit sidelines.org.
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If you are on bedrest and/or your pregnancy is considered high risk, your health care provider may want you to have home visits by an OB nurse.
The nurse will visit you in your home, monitor you and your baby as needed, and support you and your family during this time.
Talk with your health care provider to see if home visits are right for you.
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