Premature labor, high blood pressure or placenta complications. They are all reasons why an expectant mom may be put on bed rest. It's a common practice during pregnancy, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Find out how one mom is surviving bed rest in this month's Pregnancy 101 Report.
This wasn't how Cyndi Johnson expected to spend the last few weeks of her pregnancy.
Cyndi said, "When you hear bed rest I think the emotions that you're going through with pregnancy suddenly jump up ten-fold."
But she says the comfy conditions and small reminders from home are making her bed rest bearable.
"My daughter comes up. We have breakfast," she said. "She'll come up at night and I'll read her a bedtime story. We can watch movies."
Dr. Hermant Satpathy is one of the doctors making sure Cyndi and baby stay healthy.
"This gets really difficult," said Dr. Satpathy.
That's because he says some patients are on bed rest for weeks - even months. But he says in many cases, it's crucial.
"For example your water has broke, baby's upside down, there's a risk of the cord coming out so that could be catastrophic for the baby."
Doctors say just because you're confined to a bed doesn't mean you can't be productive. Take Cyndi for instance. She's already knitted a hat and a few blankets for her baby.
Dr. Satpathy said, "A lot of people catch up on a lot of stuff which they could not do at home, finding a baby name or ordering all the stuff to get baby's room ready."
Cyndi is not worried about the nursery she didn't the chance to finish.
"My goal is to deliver a healthy baby," she said.
She's focused on something much more important.
Dr. Satpathy says doctors and nurses also play an important role. Often times they're a patient's only visitor in the day so the time they spend with moms or taking them for a wheelchair ride outside can really lift their spirits. They also makes sure moms keep their blood circulating to avoid clots or other problems that can come up from lying in bed for long periods of time.
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