About 20% of women will require some level of bed rest during their pregnancy. While the goal is to have a healthy baby, Sunnybrook’s Parent Coordinator Kate Robson offers some tips on making sure you also keep well.
Responsibilities can be hard to put on hold, so don't hesitate to ask for help from family and friends. It helps people help you if you're specific about what you need.
Do something you love
Whether it's watching movies, knitting or reading books, find an activity that will engage your mind and help pass the time.
Keep a routine
Try to get dressed and eat meals at regular times to keep a schedule for each day. It's also a great time to catch up on paperwork, thank you cards and other tasks that you might be too busy to tackle after your baby is born.
Write it down
Keeping a journal is a great way to release feelings of isolation or frustration. Journaling is also a wonderful way to keep track of the various stages of your pregnancy.
There's nothing quite like talking to someone else in the same boat. You'll find online support groups on most parenting websites, where you can share stories and connect with other moms.
Monica Matys is a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.