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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information
COPING WITH BEDREST DURING PREGNANCY




bedrest during pregnancy


Pregnancy is a joyful time for most women. Occasionally, complications arise during pregnancy, but most often these are not serious and can be handled with a minimum of intervention. However, under certain circumstances with certain complications, bedrest may be recommended by her midwife or health care provider for a pregnant woman to help her maintain her pregnancy and to assist in maintaining the well being her baby. Pregnancy bedrest is usually recommended when it may be of benefit to your health or the health or the baby. Preterm labor, incompetent cervix, hypertension (high blood pressure), placenta previa, gestational diabetes, multiple gestation (twins, triplets), and preeclampsia are some of the pregnancy conditions that may be treated with some type of bedrest prescription.

Women with pregnancy conditions related to high blood pressure may be placed on bedrest to decrease stress, both physical and emotional, with the hope of lowering blood pressure. Vaginal bleeding can be aggravated by activity, lifting, or exercise, so bedrest may be used to reduce bleeding. Women experiencing premature labor and contractions may also be restricted, because activity and stress can also aggravate these conditions. Laying down removes weight and pressure from your cervix. This can be effective in treating conditions such as incompetent cervix and preterm labor. Your midwife or health care provider may ask you to lie on your left side to facilitate blood flow to the placenta, or to rest with your feet up and your back elevated, depending on your condition. Laying on your side helps to improve blood circulation to your heart, uterus and to your baby. If your baby is not growing as expected, your midwife or health care provider may recommend bedrest to help maximize the blood flow to your uterus. Bedrest can sometimes result in improved blood pressure and decreased swelling.

Depending upon the type of bedrest you will be experiencing, will depend on the kind of care that will be required by your midwife or health care provider. If you have a homebirth midwife (which may not be possible, depending on the severity of your situation), she may be able to arrange your prenatal care in your home so that you won't have to worry about getting to her office or home for your prenatal visit. If you are unable to find a health care provider that will do home care, maybe she can arrange a visiting nurse visitation schedule for some of your care in your home, thus keeping office visits to a minimum. You may be able to have daily home health care arranged for personal care and light housekeeping duties.

It is very likely that you will have to take a leave of absence from your work. You may have to fill out disability paperwork with your midwife or health care provider to be given to your employer before you will qualify for maternity leave. Talk with your boss (as well as your health care provider) about whether or not you can arrange to do some work at home via the internet, fax machine, phone, snail mail, or other means to keep some work load going. Even pickups and deliveries might be arranged from home from an office coworker, your partner, or even an older child. However, do not promise anything with your boss unless you know for sure that the work will not be too stressful. You need to come to an agreement of expectations. Be sure you understand your rights as an employee and know what the laws are regarding pregnancy and gender discrimination.

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bedrest during pregnancy


TYPES OF BEDREST

Clarify with your midwife or health care provider exactly what is permitted and what is not. This is especially important if you have been assigned to modified bedrest or house arrest. Make sure you know what the limits are so you can make your plans accordingly. Bedrest can be only short-term, until the initial problem is resolved, or it may be until your baby (or babies) are delivered.

HOUSE ARREST: This is not typically so much a bedrest as simply being confined to your home. This method allows women to stay on the couch, bed, or in a sitting position, but restricts them from sexual intercourse, exercise, or lifting. No outside activities or anything strenuous.

PARTIAL or MODIFIED BEDREST: You are to spend some part of each day laying down and resting. Some women are allowed to work at a desk a few hours per day but in bed or on the sofa the rest of the time. For other women, this may be stricter than this. Restrictions from sexual intercourse, exercise, or lifting is usual. No outside activities or anything strenuous.

STRICT BEDREST: You may be told to stay in bed, only sitting up for meals or standing to take quick showers. Some women have to remain in bed or on the sofa and up only for trips to the bathroom. There may be requirements made on how many times a day you can change locations. No moving about the house to do things, limited showering or bathing.

COMPLETE or HOSPITAL BEDREST: This form is the strictest and may include hospitalization. You are in the hospital because your pregnancy requires closer monitoring by a trained hospital staff. You will not be allowed to be up so you will be using a bedpan during this form of bedrest and hygiene requirements will be provided by the hospital staff. Sometimes it involves special positioning like you head lower than your body (Trendelenburg) to alleviate pressure on the cervix. If you are at home, the strict requirements will still be applicable.

Long term bedrest will require you to exercise your legs to keep the blood circulating and prevent clots.
Every woman's need for bedrest will be different. Be sure to ask your midwife or health care provider questions such as:
  • Can I get up to use the bathroom?
  • Can I take a bath or shower?
  • Can I get up to prepare quick meals or to do light chores?
  • What position should I be in while I am resting?
  • Can I go to work or work from home?
  • Can I drive my car?
  • How much walking is safe?
  • How much and what kind of sexual activity is allowable?
  • What activities can I do to increase blood circulation safely?

MoonDragon's Bedrest Checklist





bedrest during pregnancy


SETTING UP YOUR BEDREST SPACE

  • Have an amply stocked cooler containing those frozen ice packs to keep everything cold. Fill it with plenty of healthy drinks and a variety of healthy snacks (including a few naughty ones, too, just in case an irrepressible craving strikes). Keep a supply of paper plates and heavy duty plastic utensils (these can be re-washed and used again). This will help eliminate or reduce the dirty dish buildup.

  • A telephone, telephone directory, and address book. Use a hardwired phone, and not a portable, for calls involving financial transactions, banking, investments, passwords, and credit card numbers for security reasons. Update you address book. Stick to a schedule. Pay bills on Monday, write in you journal on Tuesday, make necessary calls and lists on Wednesday, and so forth.

  • A computer with internet access moved to your bedside or beg, borrow, or steal a laptop. The computer can be your lifeline, allowing you to browse articles, connect with others in chat rooms, bulletin boards, or instant messaging. You might want to build a free homepage, or just pass some hours with mindless computer games. You can even order your groceries, supplies, medications & supplements, and postage stamps online.

  • An extendable grabber is great to lend you a "hand" when you need something just out of reach.

  • Cloth diapers make great placemats for eating while laying down, absorbent catch alls and reusable when baby arrives.

  • Obtain a baby monitor or short-range walkie talkies. You can communicate with others in the house without feeling like you are yelling. The baby monitor is reusable when baby arrives.

  • If you have pets or grumpy children, have a squirt bottle or water pistol filled with water for when unsuspecting pets or grumpy, misbehaving children act up.

  • A clock, appointment book, and calendar. Keep a small notebook for recording all to-do's, questions for the midwife or health care provider, phone numbers, or to record contractions and times. This can be added to the baby book later. A clipboard will help keep all paperwork together.

  • Keep cash on hand for reimbursing those who shop for you. People will be more likely to ask if there is something you need when they are going shopping if they know you will be able to reimburse them immediately. When they ask, give them your list.

  • A comfortable robe and slippers. Depending on the time of year, you may want a top sheet with one or two blankets and a comforter available. During the summer months, you may want to have ventilation with a large fan or air conditioning.

  • Paper, pens, note cards, a personal journal, pregnancy journal, or a baby journal available to work on. If you enjoy artwork, have a sketching pad and colored pencils available for creating your artwork. You can write out your holiday greeting cards, thank you cards for your baby shower, or catch up on correspondence. Have plenty of postage stamps available. Stamps can be ordered by mail or through the web at the Postal Service Website:http://www.usps.com/.

  • Hand & body lotion, lip balm, mascara, manicure tools, nail polish and remover, a brush, a mirror or anything that makes you feel pampered and attractive.

  • Cups and flexible straws. Cups with lids are very helpful to prevent spills. Have a 1 liter plastic soda bottle filled with drinking water. This size is easy to handle and can be refilled when you take your bathroom breaks. The soda bottle is unbreakable with a screw on cap to prevent spills and accidents. Have a thermos filled with hot water for healthy herbal teas, soup, broth, or other hot food items to go with your cold foods. A nice cup of hot tea is very soothing and relaxing. Using paper plates and cups will help keep the dish washing load down.

  • Napkins or paper towels. This helps to clean up or prevent messes while eating. Moist towelettes can be used to wipe hands and face whenever you feel the need to do so. A box of tissues are handy for noses or when you have a crying moment or while you are watching a tear-jerking "chick-flick" movie.

  • A wastebasket with a disposable liner. Be sure it is large enough to throw newspapers and meal wastes into.

  • The remote control and TV Guide. The online version of TV Guide is at Yahoo! TV http://tv.yahoo.com/. Have your VCR or DVD player within close range to play your favorite movies. Have some blank tapes available for recording late evening programs that can be watched the next day. A small portable stereo or walkman may be used to listen to tapes or CDs. This will be handy for listening to soothing meditation music or maybe to learn a new language with the accompanying book. You can make a list of favorite movies that you can have your partner pick up from the video rental store. Movies can be obtained through various online "rental service" sites such as NetFlix for a monthly fee.

  • Magazines, books, crossword puzzles, board games, playing cards, video games, newspapers, or other time occupying items can be within reach. Have photo albums and scrapbooks available to organize. Catalogs are wonderful to explore in plans for the nursery and baby needs. Many catalogs can be ordered online. Puzzle books can be ordered singly or in bulk from www.pennydellpuzzles.com.

  • Have your hobbies available. Start some new hobbies. Knitting, crocheting, quilting, cross-stitching baby clothes and hand towels for the baby can be an interesting way to occupy time.

  • Lots of pillows. Prop them up all around yourself for comfort. Place them under your knees, behind your back and neck, under your lower back, or on the side for you to toss your leg over. Body pillows are wonderful additions to your bed and comfort.

  • If your bed is high off the floor, you may consider placing a wide, stable step stool by your bed to help you get on and off your bed.

  • Light weights or using soup cans for exercising your arms while watching TV. If using soup cans (with the soup still inside them), you can place them inside tube socks and tie them off for easy handling. You can place two cans per sock (for balanced weight), seal the sock with a knot tie, running a basting stitch with a needle and thread across the open end of the sock or you can attach velcro for easy opening and closing. The sock can then be grasped in the middle with a can on each end. You can also use empty milk jugs filled with dried rice (the ones with the handles) in place of tube socks, if desired. The size of the cans or the amount of rice (pebbles or dry beans can be used in place of rice or soup cans) will determine the weight of the finished homemade weights.

  • WikiHow: How to Make A Homemade Weight Set

  • Get an egg-crate mattress for your bed. If you have an old mattress, now would be a good time to invest in a new mattress.

  • A heating pad is helpful in relieving sore joints and muscles.
    • Inexpensive Reheatable Heating Pads: A tube sock can be filled with uncooked white rice grains, stitched at the open end to seal off the sock and used as a inexpensive heating pad. Herbs such as dried lavender, ground cloves, rosemary, marjoram or peppermint oil can be added to the rice when making the heating pad, if desired. This rice sock can be heated in a microwave (usually a few minutes... adjust time for your particular microwave) and placed on sore neck, joint, or lower back muscles. It can be reheated repeatedly as needed. Instead of a tube sock, a rice pillow can be made using fabric such as flannel. Fill with rice (and herbs, if desired) and stitch seams closed.

      Another suggestion is to wet a towel with plain water, wring out enough so as to not have it dripping water (damp but not soggy) and fold it flat. Place the folded damp towel in a large sealable plastic food bag (gallon size works well). Place this in a microwave and heat for a few minutes. Wrap the warmed towel and bag in a dry cloth or towel and place on sore body parts. Reheat as needed.

      Be careful when heating rice filled tube sock or damp towel in the microwave. These can be quite hot to the touch when first removed from the microwave and you do not want to burn yourself. As an alternative to heat therapy, both of these can also be placed in the freezer to be used as cold packs. When using as a cold pack, cover with a towel or cloth and place on your body. These heat/ice pads are good for labor too when it is time to have your baby and afterward for a sore bottom.

      EHow.com: How To Craft A Home Made Heating Pad

      Birthing Natural: The Rice Sock For Labor

  • If you have a toddler, keep a toy box of quiet toys and children books nearby so that your toddler can crawl up on your bed with you and play or you can read him his books. It can be a great bonding tool for your small ones.





  • SURVIVING BEDREST TIPS

    A bedrest recommendation usually means a major upheaval in your and your partner's life. You may have to take a leave of absence from work. If you are already a parent, you may need to find help with child care. Shopping, food preparation, laundry and house cleaning may need to be done by someone else. It is very important that you discuss the specific limitations of your activities with your prenatal care provider. Sometimes bedrest is recommended for the remainder of your pregnancy, sometimes it is only for a few days or weeks.

    Bedrest can be a royal pain - practically, physically, and emotionally. Typical bedresters include expectant moms experiencing preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, etc., all of which come with more than their fair share of worry, fear, frustration, stress, and guilt. When you have been sentenced to your bed until your baby's birth, you have nothing but time to dwell on your anxieties.

    HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS

  • Asking for help is the first step in surviving bedrest. Friends, family, and co-workers are usually more than happy to be of assistance during this challenging time. It is helpful for all involved to remember that bedrest won't last forever. Involve your family and friends with household chores, errands, or meal preparation. Have your family make extra meals and bring over the leftovers to be used or frozen for later use. Make a list (husbands need "honey-do" lists) of all the things that need to be done. As you receive visitors, assign a task for each one. This may include preparing a meal to putting in a load of laundry to picking up around the house or bringing in the mail each day. Friends can bring take-out menus for you to collect. Visits from your family and friends can boost your spirits, but make sure you ask them to come at a time that is convenient for you. Put them on a schedule. If one friend can come over each Wednesday to organize the house, do laundry, start dinner... that is also the day to schedule repair people so you are not alone with them. Ask one friend to be a personal shopper, another to be your grocery runner, and still another to be your library person. If you have friends help with cooking, have them make large batches so they can be put into serving sizes and frozen for later use. Let them know which types of foods are better for you and will not cause you heartburn. Be sure to thank them for all their help often and how much you appreciate them. Bedrest is difficult for everyone.

  • Stick to a schedule. Although you may have to stay in bed all day, you will feel better if you take care of yourself. After you wake up, change into clean comfortable clothing and make plans on what to do for the day. Having a plan will make you feel as if you are accomplishing something and will give you something to look forward to.

  • Reserve books at your local library by phone or over the internet. Ask friends to pick them up for you. Send your library card with the friend. Some libraries will deliver, let them know your situation.

  • Catch up on your correspondence. Answer letters, organize and send out bills. Send out thank you notes from your baby shower. Make your baby announcements.

  • Read your favor author's latest novel. Read magazines, your daily newspaper, organize your photo albums or scrapbook.

  • Contact your job about maternity leave benefits, fill out health insurance paperwork for your birth and your baby in advance, designate a guardian for your child, have your lawyer draft a new will, if you are not driving - call your insurance company about decreasing your car insurance premiums.

  • Watch rented videos or taped TV shows. Give a list of favorites to your partner to pick up for you from the video rental store or order them online from a internet rental service.

  • Stock your baby's nursery and layette. You can be prepared for the arrival for your baby by ordering all the items you think you will need for your birth and the nursery by phone or on the internet. This will include all the items needed for the first 3 months, including diapers. Online drugstores and baby supply websites often carry a wide variety of baby care items that they will deliver right to your door. You can leave a note on the door that Fed Ex and UPS packages can be left with specific neighbors. When you place your orders, ask if the delivery will require a signature. If so, send the package to a neighbor. Otherwise, ask that the signature requirement be waived so the package can be left at your door.

  • If you have older children, involve them in preparing the nursery with your partner. They can help him put together the crib, arrange furniture, and help with decorating the nursery. If you feel they need a woman's touch, have a grandma or aunt help them organize the nursery and the baby supplies. This helps them to feel needed and a part of the planning. If grandma or other family member goes shopping for baby items, take the older children with them and allow them to pick out some of the items needed for the new baby. Make this activity seem more like an adventure instead of a chore.

  • Spending time with your younger children is a must whether you are bedresting or not. Having a box of favorite toys and books is essential. You can color with them, paint, do puzzles, read books, watch movies, cuddle, play games, make play-doh figures, or even create games such as sofa basketball with stuffed animals or rolled socks being tossed into a basket or box from the sofa. Have your younger children help in whatever ways they can. This teaches them responsibility and makes them feel they are important. They can often help daddy dust and help with cleanup. This way they can spend quality time with both mom and dad. Thank them for their help and appreciate the things they can do. Do not be over critical or grumpy with them.

  • You may consider hiring a cleaning woman to come in every few weeks or every month to catch up on all the major cleaning that everyone else doesn't have time to do. This can be very helpful and lessens the stress on you. You have to relax about the housework in between cleaning woman visits and do not put too much stress on family members or friends if they do not do it just so or the way you do. Relax and appreciate all the help you get from everyone.

  • Hire a lawn service or a high schooler to do odd jobs or play with the kids. Hire a nanny or college girls to help with child care. They can help with the kitchen chores as well.

  • It may be possible for you to do some gentle exercises to maintain strength and muscle tone while confined to your bed or sofa. Each pregnancy is different, however, and so check with your midwife or health care provider about whether this would be safe and allowable.

  • MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bedrest Exercises

  • Stretching is very helpful for relieving tension in muscles and joints. Do it often.

  • Become a parenting expert. There are plenty of parenting websites to answer many of your parenting, children's health, and pregnancy questions. If you feel uncomfortable reading about your pregnancy issues, learn about breastfeeding or how to encourage your child's development instead. In addition, the internet is a great resource to find support from other mothers on bedrest. Message boards and chat rooms are great places to share tips and advice.

  • Support your partner while he is supporting you. You will be relying heavily on your partner to tend to household chores, child care, and running errands during your bedrest. These times are tough on him too. Appreciate him and show him you care. Thank him for his help and all that he is doing for you and the baby. Spend extra time with him when possible and show him the intimacy he needs, although you will be unable to have sexual intercourse, you can still hold his hand, cuddle, and sleep in spoon position. Occasionally send the children off with their grandmother for babysitting and spend some extra time with him watching a movie, having a romantic dinner together, or just talking about plans and concerns. If you want to give him a nice gift, you can order it by phone or online. Write him a poem and decorate it as a gift. Write him love letter, giving him kind words, thoughtful gestures, and any other creative opportunities to connect to him on a deeper level helps both of you to get through this trying time.

  • Invite your girlfriends over for a few hours. They can bring snacks, movies, games, and you can all lay around and indulge in girl talk, hair and makeup sessions. Make it feel more like a slumber party than bedrest.

  • Check with your regular hairdresser about making a house call, even just to give you a wet-cut. It will make you feel better about yourself and give you a new, easy to handle hairstyle that will be very useful after the baby arrives. Check on getting a manicure, a pedicure or even a professional massage. All of these are fun and tension relieving.

  • The usual suggestions for bedrest activities (jigsaw puzzles, scrapbooking, reading the classics, knitting, or quilting) require a level of concentration and interest that you might not be able to muster when you are on bedrest. Try to focus less on how productive you can be and more on your approach to getting through this challenging time in your life. Know your limits. For instance, do not tell your boss you will work from home if you do not have the energy to do so. If reading a book seems too daunting when you are distracted by contractions or you are just grumpy or tired, read a magazine in short spurts or tackle a simple crossword puzzle instead. Adjust activities to your moods.

  • Try meditation and connecting to your pregnancy and baby inwardly. There are many books and online tutorials that make it easy to get started in this stress-reducing technique. Meditation and relaxation techniques will help prepare you for childbirth as well.

  • Let your partner know what you need from him. Whether it is a shoulder to cry on, fresh flowers, a relaxing massage, or a hot fudge sundae, be straightforward about what you want, and you are much more likely to get it. Appreciate the little things he does for you. Tell him so frequently.

  • Learn the words to your favorite songs and lullabies. Sing them to your unborn baby. It does not matter if you can carry a tune or not, do it anyway. Babies love music and respond to it and the sound of your voice. Read children's books aloud to your baby and use this time to practice your storybook reading voice.

  • Most of all, just get good at doing nothing at all. Just be with your baby. Even when you're seemingly doing nothing, rest assured that you're actually doing everything you can to ensure the arrival of a healthy baby. Each new day you carry your baby inside is an achievement to be celebrated, and each week is a tribute to your strength and love.





  • DEPRESSION & BEDREST BLUES

    On your way home from your prenatal visit, you and your partner may feel stunned about your midwife's or health care provider's recommendation for bedrest. This is normal to feel this way. This can shake up an entire family's life, making it difficult on all members, including extended family, friends, and co-workers that may need to be counted on for help.

    Since most bedrest recommendations also include taking a leave of absence from work, you may be worried about making ends meet and face the fact that this will often make family financial situations more stressed when one partner is no longer bringing in income. This places the financial workload on the remaining partner. He may have to get a second part-time job to make up for the loss of family income. After you make that call to your boss and submit the necessary paperwork, you may feel guilty and overly self indulgent about your situation. If you have maternity leave, vacation or sick leave time available to use, this will lessen the financial impact, but eventually you may feel the loss of income at some point in your bedrest.

    With bedrest recommendations, you will most likely have to refrain from sexual intercourse with your partner. This, many times, has a major impact on both partners. You may worry about the missing intimacy that you will be experiencing with your partner and how he (and you) will be able to handle it. You may worry if you will be able to provide other methods of showing your caring, appreciation, and love. If your partner was never a romantic or a cuddler to begin with, this may be more of a difficult adjustment. You both need to discuss it and try to come up with alternatives that will fit into you medical plan and your personal situation. You both will need to be creative and work together to get through the next few weeks or months of your pregnancy. When tensions arise, you will both need to sit down and talk it out.

    You may look around the house and see the dishes and laundry that need to be done and feel feelings of failure and hopelessness overwhelm you. You may feel like you are being lazy and useless. How will you be able to make this work? The sooner you begin contacting family and friends to set up a support system, the better you will feel about your situation. If you already have children, you'll have the added anxiety of keeping them entertained, fed, and happy while keeping yourself in bed. Make lists. Lots of lists for things that need to be done. You will have to lovingly delegate activities to any and all around you. Allow yourself to accept help from those around you. Keep a sense of humor and be able to let things go during this time. Now is not the time to be critical and in ill-humor. This will only make the situation worse and more difficult.

    You may have feelings of being robbed of a "normal" pregnancy. You may resent that you will not be able to show off your ever expanding tummy, which had finally reached that cute, clearly pregnant but not too big stage. You may mourn the fact that you will not be able to attend prenatal classes and other functions where pregnant moms can meet up and develop close friendships and support for each other. However, with internet access you will be able to find online support groups and chat rooms with other women in you very same situation. They may be able to offer suggestions that may help you to work through your bedrest time. If you feel you need childbirth classes, you may find a childbirth educator or you midwife may be able to come to your home and provide private education to you and your partner. She may be able to include your children in with the tutoring and make it a family affair.

    You may feel jealousy towards your friends, who still can get together for a girl's night out while you have to stay in, and of your husband, who continues to work as usual and his ability to head out the door each morning to go to work. You may feel loneliness, isolation, boredom, and fear for your baby. Share these feeling with your friends, family and partner.

    Bedrest blues are natural and warranted. Expect them and accept them. But try to keep everything in perspective and listen hard for any uplifting notes in between (such as the fact that you are likely to be much more intimately aware of your baby's every hiccup, kick, and tumble than your on-the-go, out-in-the-world pregnant mom counterparts). Revel in all the time you've been granted to talk to your unborn baby, sing to her, read to her, and dream of her.

    Bedrest during pregnancy can bring on the blues (depression) or make them worse. Try to keep a positive outlook on everything. Take one day at a time. Cry when you need to, but try to find ways to keep your outlook positive. Actively search for ways to keep your outlook bright.

    Getting out of bedclothes, showering when you can and putting on regular clothes, your makeup, and doing your nails can help you feel like a normal person and does wonders for self esteem. Open the curtains and let the sunshine in to your bedroom. Maintain a positive attitude. The bedrest is not just about you but also your unborn baby as well. Try to bring fresh flowers into your room every day. Post an inspirational poem or phrase up by your bed and say it a dozen times throughout the day. Most of what is happening is out of your control anyway, but you can control how you react to it and ultimately this helps the baby as well. Count your blessings. Read some inspiring books that will help you to keep going. Talk with close friends, religious or professional counselors that will come to visit you, and talk your family. Again, this is not a forever situation and you will get through it.

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Mood Tips

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    STAYING HEALTHY WHILE ON BEDREST

  • Drink 8 to 10 cups, or more, of fluids every day. Staying well hydrated helps reduce risk of preterm labor and can keep you from becoming constipated. You should be urinating frequently and your urine should be pale or colorless if you are well hydrated.

  • Eat 6 to 8 small meals per day. Eating smaller amounts more often can help you feel better when you are restricted to bedrest. Not only does this keep your blood sugar on a more even balance throughout the day, but when your activity is limited your stomach may not empty as well and heartburn symptoms can be more severe if you eat too much at one time. Try sitting up after eating to help prevent heartburn problems.

  • MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Heartburn Tips
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Index

  • Eat foods rich in fiber. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, and bran cereals can help prevent constipation.

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information & Pregnancy Guidelines
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index: Herbal & Nutrient Information
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bowel Tips (Hemorrhoids & Constipation)

  • Take any prescribed medication or vitamin-mineral supplements recommended by your midwife or health care provider.

  • Keep all of your prenatal care appointments. If bedrest has been recommended, you have a higher risk pregnancy. This means it is even more important that you do not miss any of your scheduled checkups or appointments for fetal monitoring or testing.





  • HERBS & AROMATHERAPY

    Check out our Aromatherapy links and information for relaxing blends of oils and our herbal links for healthy, nutritional herbs and relaxing herbal teas (make sure you consult with your midwife or health care provider before taking any nutritional supplement since some restrictions or contraindications may apply due to your pregnancy):

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Herbs During Pregnancy
    MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index
    MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Information: Aromatherapy for Childbearing
    MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Information: Aromatherapy for Pregnancy & Birth





    HELPFUL MOONDRAGON LINKS

    For more information regarding helpful remedies during pregnancy, see the links below:

    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Morning Sickness
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Morning Sickness Homeopathic Remedies
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Concerns
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Gestational Diabetes Index
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Heartburn
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Heartburn Tips
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Toxemia (Preelampsia/Eclampsia)
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Skin Tips
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Mood Tips
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Miscarriage
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bowel Tips (Hemorrhoids & Constipation)
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Anemia During Pregnancy
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information & Pregnancy Guidelines

    OTHER LINKS ABOUT PREGNANCY & HERBS

    Midwife Archives: Herbs During Pregnancy
    Childbirth.org: Natural Remedies During Pregnancy
    Henrietta's Herbal Homepage
    Birth Matters Midwifery: Herbs and Pregnancy
    Trilightherbs.com: Herbal Safety Guide & Cautions for Usage




    MOONDRAGON'S RELATED LINKS

    MoonDragon's Health Information: Nutrition Basics: Herbal Index
    MoonDragon's Health Information: Nutrition Basics Index
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information & Guidelines Index
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bedrest Check List
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bedrest Exercise
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Bedrest Family Tips
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    Kalyx: Prenatal 35-Plus Multivitamin, Rainbow Light, 90 Caps: HF
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    Kalyx: Prenatal Multi, Natures Way, 180 Caps: HF
    Kalyx: Prenatal Petite Multivitamin & Mineral, Rainbow Light, Food Based, 180 Mini-Tabs: K
    Kalyx: Complete Prenatal System, Rainbow Light, 360 Tabs: HF
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    AROMATHERAPY: ESSENTIAL OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Allspice Leaf Oil
    Angelica Oil
    Anise Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Basil Oil
    Bay Laurel Oil
    Bay Oil
    Benzoin Oil
    Bergamot Oil
    Black Pepper Oil
    Chamomile (German) Oil
    Cajuput Oil
    Calamus Oil
    Camphor (White) Oil
    Caraway Oil
    Cardamom Oil
    Carrot Seed Oil
    Catnip Oil
    Cedarwood Oil
    Chamomile Oil
    Cinnamon Oil
    Citronella Oil
    Clary-Sage Oil
    Clove Oil
    Coriander Oil
    Cypress Oil
    Dill Oil
    Eucalyptus Oil
    Fennel Oil
    Fir Needle Oil
    Frankincense Oil
    Geranium Oil
    German Chamomile Oil
    Ginger Oil
    Grapefruit Oil
    Helichrysum Oil
    Hyssop Oil
    Iris-Root Oil
    Jasmine Oil
    Juniper Oil
    Labdanum Oil
    Lavender Oil
    Lemon-Balm Oil
    Lemongrass Oil
    Lemon Oil
    Lime Oil
    Longleaf-Pine Oil
    Mandarin Oil
    Marjoram Oil
    Mimosa Oil
    Myrrh Oil
    Myrtle Oil
    Neroli Oil
    Niaouli Oil
    Nutmeg Oil
    Orange Oil
    Oregano Oil
    Palmarosa Oil
    Patchouli Oil
    Peppermint Oil
    Peru-Balsam Oil
    Petitgrain Oil
    Pine-Long LeafOil
    Pine-Needle Oil
    Pine-Swiss Oil
    Rosemary Oil
    Rose Oil
    Rosewood Oil
    Sage Oil
    Sandalwood Oil
    Savory Oil
    Spearmint Oil
    Spikenard Oil
    Swiss-Pine Oil
    Tangerine Oil
    Tea-Tree Oil
    Thyme Oil
    Vanilla Oil
    Verbena Oil
    Vetiver Oil
    Violet Oil
    White-Camphor Oil
    Yarrow Oil
    Ylang-Ylang Oil
    Aromatherapy
    Healing Baths For Colds
    Aromatherapy
    Herbal Cleansers
    Using Essential Oils


    AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES


    Almond, Sweet Oil
    Apricot Kernel Oil
    Argan Oil
    Arnica Oil
    Avocado Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Black Cumin Oil
    Black Currant Oil
    Black Seed Oil
    Borage Seed Oil
    Calendula Oil
    Camelina Oil
    Castor Oil
    Coconut Oil
    Comfrey Oil
    Evening Primrose Oil
    Flaxseed Oil
    Grapeseed Oil
    Hazelnut Oil
    Hemp Seed Oil
    Jojoba Oil
    Kukui Nut Oil
    Macadamia Nut Oil
    Meadowfoam Seed Oil
    Mullein Oil
    Neem Oil
    Olive Oil
    Palm Oil
    Plantain Oil
    Plum Kernel Oil
    Poke Root Oil
    Pomegranate Seed Oil
    Pumpkin Seed Oil
    Rosehip Seed Oil
    Safflower Oil
    Sea Buckthorn Oil
    Sesame Seed Oil
    Shea Nut Oil
    Soybean Oil
    St. Johns Wort Oil
    Sunflower Oil
    Tamanu Oil
    Vitamin E Oil
    Wheat Germ Oil





    HELPFUL RELATED MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS LINKS

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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction


  • NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients
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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods
  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals
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  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index
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  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain
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  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links
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  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum
  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing
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  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1
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  • MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips
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