You’re in the home stretch of pregnancy – those dreaded last few weeks. But at your last doctor’s appointment, you were delivered an unexpected and unwelcome surprise. Your blood pressure was too high, and your doctor has placed you on dreaded bed rest for the final weeks of your pregnancy.
How on earth will you get through weeks of doing nothing at one of the busiest times of your life? Here are some tips to see you through this trying time.
Read Some Great Baby Books
Since you’ll be a new mom in the next few weeks, you might as well prepare yourself with the extra time you now have on your hands. Reading ahead of time what those first few weeks of parenting may have in store for you will help you feel more prepared, and it will keep you centered when you feel like things are going off the rails.
Childrearing is one surprise after another – but a little preparation can take the sting out of some of the truly scary or overwhelming moments. Just remember that knowledge is power.
Just because you can’t do anything doesn’t mean you can’t micromanage others. Make a list of all the essential things you need to have completed before your baby arrives and ask your partner, family and closest friends if they can tackle some of the tasks for you.
While you don’t want to overwhelm anyone with your expectations, anything that takes some of the stress and worry off you right now is a good thing for both you and your baby.
Silence your inner critic who thinks the housecleaning standards have plummeted since you’ve been laid up. Whether you’re a single parent or you have a partner, it isn’t fair to expect someone to do everything exactly to your specifications. If you don’t think the floors are clean enough, try not to dwell on it. Chances are, everyone is doing the best they can in a difficult situation.
Starting to watch a new television show can keep you entertained for weeks. If you find a show that’s been on for five years that you always thought looked good but never got around to watching, you may have more than 100 episodes to catch up on. That will get you through a week or two of your bed rest and the hours will seem to fly by if you’re engrossed in the show.
Get Some Sun
The feeling that they’re living in a dark cave is enough to sink even the most upbeat person. Don’t stay in your bed all day with the blinds closed and the lights off.
Maybe your partner can temporarily position the couch by the biggest, brightest window you have so you’ll get to see some light and feel some sun on your skin every day. It might be just the mood booster you need.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.