To be honest, I did not enjoy pregnancy. I was tired, swollen, and in considerable pain. So when I was ordered on bedrest for preeclampsia, I was actually looking forward to it. I imagined bedrest would be relaxing and just what I needed to keep my baby cooking long enough for him to be healthy. I quickly realized that the experience was anything but relaxing. Fortunately, I also learned that there are people who will change your life when you're on bedrest, and in the most surprising ways.
The idea of staying in bed, having food delivered to you, and watching endless Netflix shows might sound ideal, but when you're on bedrest you're just bored, anxious, and frustrated. In other words, if you're you're going to need some help. For example, I had a friend who came over and watched shows with me, and my mom was kind enough to clean my house. And, of course, there was the pizza delivery person... who quickly became my BFF.
I was 31 weeks pregnant the first time I was ordered on bedrest, so I wasn't prepared to suddenly stop working and "take it easy." I didn't have enough maternity leave to take time off work so early, either. Fortunately, my boss and co-workers were understanding, and I was able to telecommute. Another lifesaver, to be sure. So while being stuck on bedrest is far from being on a vacation, there are people who can make your experience a little bit better, including the following: