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Q&A: What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

What does “going on bed rest” really mean? How much can I move around/what exactly can I do?

Re: What does “going on bed rest” really mean? How much can I move around/what exactly can I do?

The Bump Expert

Being told to go on bed rest can be a dreaded order for any active mom-to-be, but it doesn’t have to mean your life is totally on hold! The definition of bed rest isn’t the same for every expectant mother, and the key is to find out from your doctor what your specific limitations are first by asking relevant questions. Some bed rest orders may be very strict, meaning your doctor doesn’t want you to sit on the couch or get up to grab a quick bite – or even to shower. But for others, bed rest has a broader definition, so it may be safe to be up for short periods of time after all or even drive to the doctor’s office.

Make sure to talk with your doc about what specifically you can and can’t do while on bed rest, so you know just how active you’re allowed to be. It’s also a good idea to find out if there’s a particular position you should be lying in while resting that’s best for your baby’s health.

Karen Moise, RN

What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

I asked my Dr. this exact question. She stated that I can do stuff "for myself" (make a sandwich, go to the bathroom, get dressed) but nothing for "anyone else" (make dinner, clean the bathroom, do laundry, etc). "Rest" is the keyword. Being at home doesn't mean you are resting necessarily, so leave the laundry, the lifting, and the cooking until Dr gives you the ok.

jessielude |

What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

My dr put me on bedrest the monday before I had my son for high blood pressure. I was not even able to go to the bathroom by my self.

froggertmc |

What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

My husband took me to the hospital two weeks ago with what we thought was possibly prelabor... I had to stay in the hospital from Sunday afternoon until Thursday morning, and for a few days it was kinda crazy trying to get me to stop having contractions since I was only 28 weeks. The doctors did let me go home on "modified bed rest." I can get up and do stuff for myself, but I'm not supposed to do any chores or go outside for more than an hour at a time. I just want our baby girl to stay put and cook for a bit longer! :)

knittingirlie19 |

What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

I wish I knew what bedrest meant. I have a toddler and no relatives in the area that would like to help out...good times.

boobgenie409 |

Q&A: What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

I was put on Bed rest at 28 weeks for preterm labor. I was told there are different restrictions for different people but for me I was told that I was able to do small tasks like load the washing machine and then needed to rest for an hour after. Then I was allowed to fold the laundry but had to be sitting down for it and then rest for another hour after that. I was basically supposed to be off my feet as much as possible. They even suggested using a stool if you were making meals as well. The more your not vertical the better so that gravity cant do any work for your LO and have them come early!

Lisamariegentz |

Q&A: What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

This is something new I don't even think about. when I read about bed resting, I thought it was going to be very difficult for me because I'm an active person. But when I got to my 28 weeks, I want to rest for hours and hours only. I sometimes can't even walk out of bed to shower myself. I would have my husband there to help me stand.

measeiher |