Anyone who has ever been on long-term bed rest knows that, although it can be difficult and depressing, it is essential to the health and safety of your unborn baby. Most moms-to-be don't anticipate serious pregnancy complications and, therefore, don't even consider planning for bed rest. Your doctor understands that it's a big shock to learn that you'll be spending the next several weeks lying in a hospital bed. Because of this, there are some important things your OB-GYN wants you to know about being on bed rest while pregnant.
Bed rest is meant to prolong a pregnancy so that your baby gets the best shot at a healthy life. In a recent interview with Romper, Dr. Jill Hechtman, the Medical Director at Tampa Obstetrics, says the most common conditions in which pregnant women are put on bed rest are preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM), which is when your water breaks prior to 37 weeks; placenta previa, which is when your placenta covers the opening in your cervix; vasa previa which is when fetal blood vessels from the placenta or umbilical cord cross the entrance to the birth canal; severe preeclampsia which is marked by high blood pressure; and a shortened cervix which can cause preterm labor.
Pregnancy complications are usually unpredictable, and can happen after one or more typical pregnancies. If you have been put on bed rest because of complications, here are some more things your OB-GYN wants you to know.