Ah, bed rest. It sounds like a relaxing respite from your usual life, doesn’t it? Well, for many parents-to-be, it’s anything but. So many OB/GYNs put pregnant women on bed rest for a variety of very real, very serious and very necessary reasons; your cervix might be shortening or you may have gone into early labor or your membranes may have ruptured. Or maybe, like me, you needed an emergency cerclage and was forced stay off your feet for a while. For me, and my husband, bedrest was no cake-walk. Thankfully, because my husband is a grown-ass man, he did everything grown-ass men do for their partners on bedrest, which made a difficult situation as pain-free as it could have possibly been which, you know, isn't that easy a task.
Anyone who’s needed to be on bedrest knows just how much we rely heavily on our partners or other supportive loved ones to make it through. Being stuck in a bed, not only unable to move much but terrified to move much, really freakin' sucks. Many of us are forced to quit our jobs due to our high-risk pregnancies, and our partners have to pick up the slack not only around the house, but financially. And, more often than not, we’re put on pelvic rest, meaning we can’t have sex while on bed rest. This can last weeks, if not months, and is hard on even the most steadfast of relationships. I mean, talk about a feat of strength and willpower for all parties involved.
Basically there are plenty of downsides to being forced to lay around all day, and if you consider yourself to be a grown-ass man (who will never have the displeasure of experiencing bedrest), you should probably take some notes on how grown-ass men are their for their partner, because yours isn't having fun. Trust me, she's having absolutely no fun at all.