As a pregnant woman, it's difficult not to instantly feel excited the first time you hear the words "bed rest." I mean, at a glance the idea of lying around all day seems luxurious, even relaxing, and surely the epitome of every pregnant woman's dreams. The reality, however, is extremely different. In fact there are things I wish I knew about bedrest before I actually experienced it, because I wasn't prepared. At all.
I had no idea what I was in for when my doctor ordered me to stay in bed for the health and wellbeing of not only myself, but my still-forming fetus. Due to pregnancy-induced hypertension, I couldn't be on my feet for longer than a few minutes. My doctor hoped that ordering me to stay in bed would lower my blood pressure and, as a result, help me avoid preeclampsia and induction. And, yes, staying in bed did help a tad, but the moment I had to get up to, say, go to the bathroom, my blood pleasure skyrocketed and I was back at square one.
In the end, I was induced so that my daughter could be born safely. That wasn't the end of my bed rest story, though. Years later, when I was pregnant with my son, my doctors discovered that not only did I suffer from hypertension, but I was leaking amniotic fluid. My second experience with doctor-ordered bed rest was short-lived, though, and I was induced as soon as it was safe. So I know a thing or two about bed rest now, but back then I was clueless. If only I had known the following: