Being told you have to be on bed rest can be daunting if you’re used to being on the move. This can be especially difficult if your already a mom. Thinking of all the tasks that need to be completed on a daily basis as well as household chores can be stressful enough, not to mention caring for the lives of two beautiful human beings can take stress to another level.
Take it from me when I say stop worrying and take your doctor’s advice. Kick your feet up and relax. I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life during this time period which was to accept help. As a woman we are used to being super woman, but even the best hero’s need help sometimes. While on bed rest I found people will rise to the occasion if granted the opportunity. I always say I wouldn’t have made it full term without my husband and our parents, but especially my husband. He made dinner, did laundry, cleaned up and did everything for my son that I couldn’t. My mother-in-love did the grocery shopping while my mom would come over and assist with whatever we needed. I learned that even if the chores weren’t done the way I do them doesn’t mean they aren’t completed.
Now of course the type of bed rest your on that dictates the amount of activity your allowed to do. My doctor placed me on bed rest at 5 months but that was due to my doctor being proactive rather than reactive. During the first 2 months I pretty much took it easy but did chores. Shortly after I found that housework is not a form of relaxation and began to dilate and contract. Due to this, I was placed on strict bed rest, meaning I could only get up to use the bathroom. This was probably the hardest part because I would watch my husband come home from a long day at work and begin not only taking care of our son and the house, but me as well. After voicing my concerns to him, he told me I had one of the most important jobs of all which was to make sure our little angels arrived safely, healthy and on time.
Understanding the importance of my task, I found some things to keep me occupied while I kicked my feet up. I developed a television schedule of the shows I enjoyed, read a few books and read articles on the web about what to expect with twins. If you enjoy crocheting, or knitting this would be a great time to knit those tiny booties and hat to match. If you’re like me, bedrest may prove to be a great thing because majority of the time I spent it sleeping anyhow.
Whatever you decide to do with this time, make sure rest and relaxation are a large part of it. Learn to enjoy the peace while you can because sooner than later, rest is going to be a thing of the past.
Once those tiny blessings do arrive, make sure while you are taking care of babies your also taking care of yourself, allowing your body time to heal correctly, especially if you had a Cesarean. After my c-section I was in pain for a few days once I left the hospital, but within two weeks time I was able to get out the house and take a walk around the park. From experience, I do suggest you take it easy and allow your body time to recuperate fully before engaging in any strenuous activities. Taking care of two babies is activity enough. This is the time to enlist the help of anyone willing to assist.
Sleep is essential but not something you will get a lot of for the next few months, so when a loved one offers to watch the babies for an hour or two, do yourself a favor, accept it and sleep. Household chores need to be temporarily delegated to others just to allow yourself the ability to sleep without worrying about the dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning etc.
In conjunction with your physical recovery, mentally you may be off balance due to your hormones. Hormones along with being sleep deprived can be a fatal combination, so if you become overwhelmed its very important ask for help to alleviate some stress. If you become mildly depressed (baby blues) keep a watch and make sure you inform your doctor.
Exercise is good for you physically and mentally. Not only will you get your pre-baby body back faster, but at a time when you need the most energy possible, exercise can also give you a nice boost and put you in a better state of mind to be able to take care of your little ones. Happy mommy means happy babies.
Always remember that your well being is essential in your babies health so take the time and take care of yourself.
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The one thing my doctor told me to keep in mind is that you are eating, breathing, drinking for three people so you need to be very cautious with what you do. Same as with a singleton pregnancy, you have to maintain your own personal health to be able to ensure the health of your babies.
There are three essential things that you need to do during your pregnancy;
1) Rest-Sleep is essential in maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Feeling drained comes naturally due to your body working hard to grow two incredible little beings. Remember, sleep is a necessity!
2) Drink lots and LOTS of fluids-Water is vital in a healthy pregnancy especially if the weather is hot. Drinking water helps avoid constipation and urinary tract infections, as well as water retention.
3) Eat Healthy- As most moms know, the babies take the nutrients they need first and leave you with the remainder so its important to eat healthy foods with a lot of folic acid. My physician prescribed medication just to ensure I was getting enough folic acid in addition to the prenatal pills with an omega 3 vitamin.
If your like me, you may be on bed rest for some extent of your pregnancy. As hard as it may be to relax, it is important to follow doctor orders. After all, the sole purpose for rest is to keep those buns in your oven as long as possible. Kick your feet up and enjoy being catered too. Its not everyday that you can be waited on hand and foot.