I once went to visit a friend when she was on bed rest, and thought she had a pretty sweet set up. Her feet were kicked up on a pile of pillows while she watched movies, and next to her bed was a tray with food and drinks. There was a pile of magazines and books on the floor and she had a lavender candle burning on a side table. "Not too shabby," I said with a smile — which I would soon learn was a mistake. My perception of her situation is one of the myths about bed rest, that any woman who has been there will tell you, is no picnic.
The truth is, bed rest is no vacation, stay-cation, or escape from everyday life. All of your responsibilities are still very real and the fact that you can't be out in the world is enough to drive some people crazy. The toll it takes both mentally and physically has caused a great deal of debate among doctors as to whether or not prescribing bed rest for pregnant women is necessary at all. In some extreme cases it still seems to be the best option, but in the majority of women, other options may be more viable.
To understand more about what bed rest can and cannot do for expectant mothers, check out these seven myths, dispelled to set the record straight.