Bed rest at 32 weeks, for high blood pressure

Angela - posted on 03/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have bed rest for the next six weeks due to high blood pressure. Any ideas on how to keep my self occupided?

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Tamar - posted on 03/29/2009

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Oh! I feel your pain! More than anything, TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY!!! With my first pregnancy I had high blood pressure and went from "Pre-ecclampsia" to full blown ecclampsia very quickly. I ended up having 2 seizures and my kidneys started to shut down, so LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR! Do NOT get out of bed or off the couch unless it's to pee.
I was on bed rest for 6 weeks (went down at 30 wks) with my youngest. It was nice and yet at the same time terribly frustrating. Our church was wonderful and sent meals three days a week which helped tremendously! They also send a packing crew that packed our entire apartment in 3 hours it was amazing! We moved into our first house 2 weeks before she was born. Having other people unpack your kitchen for you is torture!
I am a big scrapper and that's what I did for a good part of my bed rest. I pre-made my daughter's entire first year album. It was GREAT! Because once she was here all I had to do was slap those pictures on and I was DONE! I even took some Creative Memories Calendar mats and made a baby calendar for her and then every month I would put that page on the front of the fridge and every night I would write down something funny that she did. At the end of the month it went straight back into her book. Then when I went to print out the pictures from that month I would look back at her calendar and see what the high points of that month were, printed out only the best of those pictures and VOILA! It was so easy and took so little time, all because I had planned it out in advance. Highly recommend it!
Something else that I did which might be helpful for you is I went to Home Depot (your hubby will have to go for you since you're already on bed rest) and bought a 24'' x 24'' piece of plywood, I sanded it really well so there would be no splinters, and I used it as a little lap table. It's wide enough for a 2 page layout with room at the top of the board for your adhesive and tools. It's been AWESOME! I still use it some nights when there's something good on TV and I want to crop at the same time. I just plop on the couch and pull out my board. Very very handy. And not expensive either.
Hmmmm, what else did I do? Suduko! I got totally hooked. And lots of kid's movies. My 5 yr old learned how to work the VCR/DVD player really well during that time, it kept him nice and occupied while I was out of commission. Mostly I just remember being really bored and wishing that I could be useful again.
Just keep reminding yourself, it's not forever. Take one day at a time, and try to enjoy it as much as you can. Because once the baby comes...well you know. :)
Good luck, I'll be praying for you and your sanity.
Oh, and try not to sleep too much, it makes it hard to sleep at night. Then you're laying in bed with hubby, who of course is fast asleep, and you can't do anything because you're not supposed to get up and you can't turn lights or TV on because it'll wake him up too. Not fun, learned that the hard way.

Anne - posted on 03/29/2009

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Just remember that this did not take God by surprise.  All though I was not bed ridden for the last 4 weeks of my second pregnancy I could not pick up our older daughter. Does your church have any type of ministry that would come in and help with cleaning and meals?   Our church does and not just for expectant moms but any one that needs help due to health issues. I know it is hard but accept the help of others when they offer. I have been on both ends the giver and the receiver and I can tell you it is a Great Blessing and Privilege to be able to express the Love of our Father by helping another. I really did not mean to preach but I know how hard it is for a mom to accept help.  Keep us posted on how you are doing, and if their any special Prayer Requests.            

Angela - posted on 03/29/2009

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Thank you for your prayers! I love to read and plan to do that as much as I can. I have a two year old daughter so my reading has slowed way down in the last two years! I dont do needle work but I do scrap book and may be able to do a bit of that in the bed, with the help of my husband positioning everything for me. I of course plan to spend time upon time in the word and with our Lord. And journaling seems like a great idea! Thank you for your ideas!



 

Anne - posted on 03/29/2009

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First let me tell you I will be Praying for you. Now to try to answer your question. Do you like to read? Do you do andy needle work? If not could you teach yourself how to knit or any of the other needle work crafts? What about  a Bible study you would like to do? Do you journal? I hop this helps. 

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