my eighteenth week of pregnancy, my obstetrician prescribed bed
rest for unexplained bleeding. Having lost my first baby, I was
more than willing to put my life on hold if it even slightly increased
my chances of having a healthy baby. But as good as my intentions
were, I soon learned that lying low was not nearly as easy as it
sounded." ~Amy E. Tracy
three-quarters of a million women each year are prescribed bed rest
during their pregnancies. I was one of those women, and like the
author of The
Pregnancy Bed Rest Book, "I hated feeling like I had
no control over my life, and I didn't like relying on others to
take care of my family, my home, my work, and me. I felt angry,
frustrated, and sad." Bed rest simply wasn't a case of sitting
on the couch all day, and my doctors were not very specific with
their directions. If The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book had been available
during my bed resting pregnancies, I would have felt more in control
of a difficult situation.
Amy Tracy has used her experience of two bed-resting pregnancies,
along with extensive research, to create the best book available
on this topic. She interviewed several women who were also prescribed
bed rest. Each section of the book is enhanced by quotes from these
women who have been there and survived.
1) When the
Rx Is Bed Rest
What is bed rest? Why is it prescribed?
2) First Things
If you're employed at the time bed rest is prescribed, what do
you tell your boss? What are the Family Medical Leave Act and
the Pregnancy Discrimination Act? How do you handle or insurance
and financial issues? Also included is a resource list for where
to go for help.
In this chapter, Ms. Tracy discusses setting up your "bed
rest nest" along with suggestions for being comfortable.
She suggests ways to cope with boredom and running your household
4) When Hospitalization
If you require hospitalization, this section will help you survive!
Whether your stay is a few days or extended, suggestions for what
to pack, how to dress up your room and your mood for comfort,
and well as staying connected with your family are discussed.
Nutritional needs are even more important when you're on bed rest!
6) Couch Calisthenics
A lack of activity can produce some undesirable effects. Ms. Tracy
discussions what these effects are and what types of exercises
or physical therapy can help (IF the doctor allows).
7) Your Partner's
Bed rest also affects partners on the sidelines. This chapter
is specifically for partners-how they can help and how they can
preserve closeness with mom.
Parenting while on bed rest is quite the challenge! Ms. Tracy
offers "practical tips for pillow parenting" and how
to make bed rest a family affair.
to Terms with Confinement
Emotionally, bed rest can be very difficult. Some of the best
parts of this chapter are the quotes from veteran bedresters.
Ms. Tracy mentions several wonderful ways to keep your sanity.
10) Back on
What happens when bed rest is over? How do you adjust, get your
body back and put it all behind you?
Your Bed Rest Checklist
Appendix B: Names, Numbers, and Notes
Appendix C: When to Call Your Doctor
Appendix D: More Helpful Resources and Reading
you are one of those 700,000 women who is prescribed bed rest this
year, please do yourself a favor and order this book! Practically
every question on bed rest has been covered with a warm, gentle
and honest approach. I wish doctors and midwives would hand out
this book when they prescribe bed rest.
• The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book at Amazon.com
• The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book at Amazon UK
• The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book at Amazon Canada