How to Survive Bed Rest During Pregnancy

pregnant woman with laptop and cup of tea

Whether for premature labor, having multiples or high blood pressure, many pregnant women end up on bed rest at some point. While it may seem like a great opportunity to rest and focus on your hobbies, the truth is that it can take a huge mental, emotional and physical toll. If you’re facing bed rest, here are seven tips to help you make it through without losing your sanity.

1. Understand your restrictions.

Bed rest doesn’t always mean you’re spending all day every day in bed, and bed rest at home can look very different than in a hospital. It’s normal to be overwhelmed when your doctor first mentions bed rest, but try to follow up and find out exactly what you can’t do, how much time you need to spend off your feet and for how long so you can make a plan to cope.

To help ease into your new routine, it’s best to create an environment where everything is within arm’s reach to prevent having to get up. The atHand Overbed Table can provide everything you need, including a space to place medication, magazines, tablets, or laptops. It also has built in USB ports so you can use your devices as they charge. The overbed table also has an adjustable LED light that is great for reading and working throughout the day.

2. Establish a routine.

Your daily schedule on bed rest is probably going to be a lot different from your regular life, but having a routine is key to keeping you comfortable. Try to make a habit of preparing for your day by getting everything you need for the day and organizing it on your overbed table. Over time you will figure out what you need throughout the day, so you’re not tempted to get up multiple times.

3. Ask for (and accept) help.

If you’re usually an active person, being confined and dependent on others can be hard to take, but this is an important time for you and your unborn child, and you’re going to need help. Consider letting friends and family drop meals by or hiring someone to clean the house or watch your other children. If you have an involved partner, they’ll probably be taking on a lot of this, but they’re eventually going to need a break too, and you’ll want to have a support system lined up before the stress gets to emergency relief levels.

4. Combat stress.

Being put on bed rest is almost always a result of pregnancy complications, and that means serious amounts of stress. Even if you’re usually an upbeat, optimistic person, lying for hours can make it all too easy to get wrapped up in your head and imaginary catastrophic scenarios. Flip the script by listening to guided meditations, relaxing audiobooks and positive affirmations, all of which can be kept neatly on your atHand Overbed Table. By keeping some helpful items nearby, you can easily grab them to help get you through the day.

5. Take advantage of technology.

When your pregnant belly gets in the way of a comfortable reading position, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video come to the rescue with almost limitless lineup of shows and movies. Getting lost in another world can be a great way to escape the stress and boredom of bed rest, but if you’re prone to anxiety, you may want to skip anything that’s medical-related or too intense.

Because the atHand Overbed Table is a bedside table with power outlets, you will never have to wait to charge a device or laptop.

6. Stay socially connected.

Not being able to get out can leave you feeling isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world, which isn’t a great thing for your mental and emotional health. Making it a point to call and text friends and family to talk or come visit and being active on social media — you may even be able to find some bed rest support forums and group chats — can help you feel less alone.

The atHand Overbed Table helps keep you connected to friends and family with and adjustable top that you can use for your laptop, tablet, and cell phone. This way you won’t have to hold your devices while using them and can move the table over bed, and be comfortable while you watch, stream, download, or make video calls from any position. We also offer a Cradle Stand ™ to keep your mobile device within reach at all times and other accessories to keep everything tidy.

7. Create a workable space.

Being on bed rest doesn’t have to mean being unproductive. Whether you’re trying to telecommute for work or just need to have everything within arm’s reach, the right setup is key. Something like the atHand® bedside table system gives you a comfortable place for your laptop and ensures you can keep all your pens, notebooks and other supplies close at hand.