When you’re put on bed rest, generally speaking, it is to take the weight of your uterus off your cervix. Studies show 1 in 5 pregnant women are put on bed rest at some point during pregnancy (for various reasons- risk of preterm labor, preeclampsia, carrying multiples, weak cervix, etc).
Bed rest can last anywhere from 24 hours, to several months, and may be prescribed in the home, or in the hospital. Bed rest is a common solution to ease or maintain pregnancy ails, and it is recommended that you lay on either side, commonly restricted to getting up only to use the restroom or for appointments with your health care provider.
There are many reasons and complications that may encourage your physician to order bed rest:
- High blood pressure, such as preeclampsia, and eclampsia
- Cervical effacement
- Vaginal bleeding
- Premature labor
- History of pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or premature birth
- Poor fetal development
- Gestational diabetes
- Placenta abruption, placenta previa, and placenta accreta
According to American Pregnancy, bed rest can reduce stress, and increase blood flow to the placenta (combating many of the complications listed above).
Bed rest can be difficult to comply with, as many women describe being bored, and feeling lonely. This is one of the most common issues for a lot of women during pregnancy, but sticking to it is vital to keeping your baby healthy, and carrying as close to term (40 weeks) as possible. If your child is premature, or you are still restricted to bed rest after the birth of the baby, breast pumping may be right for you. Your health insurance company may even cover the cost of a breast pump, or breast feeding supplies.
To see if you qualify for a free breast pump through your insurance simply complete Aeroflow Breastpumps’ Qualify Through Insurance form. Once submitted, one of our Breastpump Specialists will verify your insurance and contact you to discuss your coverage and breast pump options.
Some studies show that healthy activity (as opposed to bed rest) may actually be better for you and the birth weight of your child than bed rest in certain situations. With this in mind, it is vital to consult your physician before confining yourself to bed for an extended period of time. Ask your physician (if you are put on bed rest) if you should get up periodically, and take a walk. Always keep in good contact with your OB-Gyn in regards to your condition and physical activity, and as always, do what is best for baby.