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Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest
by Mary Ann McCann

"Each year thousands of women are put on bedrest as a result of complications in their pregnancies. It is estimated that one out of every four pregnancies is considered high-risk. That is equivalent to 800,000 - 1,000,000 women each year that face a high-risk pregnancy. Bedrest is the most common treatment for the varying problems associated with high-risk pregnancies."

So opens Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest by Mary Ann McCann. If you've ever been on bedrest while pregnant, you already know how stressful it can be. There are so many questions and concerns. What am I allowed to do? Can I take a shower every day? Should I lie on my left side or right? What can I do to keep from being bored? Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest by Mary Ann McCann is a wonderful resource that is full of help for the pregnant mother who finds herself on bedrest.

The book is set up as part reference book and part workbook. Throughout the book there are places to jot down your own ideas, questions and notes. This is a very practical book to have handy for moms-to-be on any form of bedrest, from modified to strict to hospital bedrest. Ms. McCann says this about her book, "It is my hope that what I have written will give women on bedrest inspiration to cope with the daily challenges of a difficult pregnancy and commend them for their spirit and strength."

Chapter 1 opens with the author's personal story about her experiences with being on bedrest for two difficult pregnancies. Chapter 2 helps explain the different types of bedrest while offering suggestions for how to accept being on bedrest and the limitations that come with it.

Chapters 3 through 7 are the meat of the book. Here, expectant mothers will find information on all sorts of topics, including dealing with meals, organizing your time, dealing with your doctor and helping your children and family understand what you're going through. You will find lists to help you pack for the hospital if you have to be on hospital bedrest and a list of questions to ask the hospital personnel. Chapter 8 is specifically for husbands and includes tips for taking care of themselves and dealing with changing expectations. Chapter 9 covers life after bedrest and the arrival of the baby, and Chapter 10 discusses the issues surrounding the decision to get pregnant again. The book ends with Chapter 11, a comprehensive list of resources for baby items, support organizations and helpful web sites.

I was on bedrest for approximately 18 weeks and had to figure out how to cope with it the hard way - by just doing it. I wish I had had a book like Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest when I was trying to deal with bedrest. For example, Chapter 2 has a series of questions to ask your doctor regarding what you are and are not allowed to do, along with space to make notes about what s/he tells you. It would have been nice for me to have all of those questions in one place, already written down for me. Ms. McCann's book does a great job of offering ways to cope, to find the faith to get you through each day, to regain control in as many areas of your life as possible. I had to learn those things on my own, and a book like Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest would have been extremely useful to me.

Book review by Jennifer Thompson

To Purchase:
   • Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest at Amazon.com
   • Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest at Amazon UK
   • Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest at Amazon Canada

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