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Bed Rest Survival Tips

Have you been placed on bed rest for a medical reason?

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We all know those reality TV shows about pregnancy/birth/babies are a waste of time. Friends and family are not always available to entertain you. Just how many times can you write your birth wishes???

Grace has been on bed rest for the past nine, yes, that’s NINE, weeks with a couple more to go!!!

She wrote to me the other day about how she has been able to maintain her sanity and we both thought it might be helpful to other pregnant women who are on bed rest, for whatever reason.

Hi Kenny!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 Just want to let you know things that helped me during the whole bed rest season! (I am doing my 9th week!!)

 Journaling, putting your thoughts, hopes and feelings in words definitely helps expressing them in pen and paper

 Books on Bed Rest survival:

*Amy Sprenger- Baby bumps (This is a true story and written in a very comical way of her bed rest journey)

*Kelly Whitehead- High Risk Pregnancy- Why me (I enjoyed this book because there are so many amazing success real life stories, tips on what to do while on bed rest, and statistic on some condition on why pregnancy becomes high risk, and the best part is natural birth is possible with High Risk- the arthur herself had a natural birth after being on Bed Rest since 20 weeks)

 *Wanda Hale- Pregnancy Bedrest – A journey of Love ( I really love this book covers the emotional health and it is really about a journey of love, it encourages positive visualization, relaxation technique, practical breathing exercises, and practical physical exercises on bed rest, very spiritual, and covers post partum following bed rest with a newborn too)

 Of course, Josh mentioned the amazing forums online! I am on Bed Rest club in www.BabyCenter.com and there are groups on Facebook too, and the ladies( and some men) are amazing cheering you on, and knowing you are not alone in what feels like a lonely journey definitely is a boost!

 It’s all about keeping up with the positive!

 We don’t really have much physical help since I’ve been on bed rest, so we’ve learned to set our expectation low, since life doesn’t stop for everyone when you are put on bed rest. We learn to do without, and live simply to the fullest.

 Good Luck and I am cheering on for her!

 

If you would like to chat with Grace about this adventure of hers, her email joshxgrace@gmail.com

If you wish to share some of your tips, please send to KennyShulman@aol.com

Thank you, Grace!!!

I’M NOT SAYING IT IS EASY…..

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BUT I AM SAYING IT IS WORTH IT!!!

                                                             WATERBIRTH!!!!!

YOUR BABY’S FIRST TWO HOURS

How do you envision your baby’s first two hours of life?

 

Will it be peaceful and soothing? Maybe soft lighting, soft sounds, soft touches, and familiar smells that remind baby of where he has been? Will your baby lie safely and peacefully on your chest, staying warm with your body heat, regulating his heart beat with yours, gazing into your eyes, searching for his nourishment? Will it be a gentle welcome after such hard work to be born and then quickly adjust to this world of gravity and air?

 

Or will it be bright with fluorescent lights, loud voices with lots of people talking to vitamin K shotyou, to your baby, to each other, and too many people wanting to lay their hands on your baby, or even rub your baby down with a rough terry cloth towel.

Can you imagine after having been floating in warm water for all of your existence to only suddenly being roughly rubbed with stiff terry cloth??? Do you think that might feel like sandpaper?

And what of the ointment that goes into the newly used eyes that only caught a glimpse of the world? Need I even mention the prick of a needle?

How do you envision your baby’s first two hours of life? Consider this all important time. Then consider writing down what you envision so that after you describe it to your nurse and care provider, they have your vision and wishes in words to remind them.

How do you envision your baby’s first two hours of life?