Being on bedrest can be a little frustrating because you may have to depend on others and for the most part be confined to your bed. It is not an ideal situation where you want to see yourself in, but for most pregnant women is a necessity in order to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Even though you’re on bedrest it doesn’t mean you can’t be productive or have fun!
I was put on partial bedrest during my twin pregnancy 4 years ago and let me tell you it was something to get used to. I was able to cook and go on walks most days which was great. But, not every pregnant women has that luxury when they’re on bedrest, so I am sharing with you a fun and productive list of things that you can do. Whether you’re on strict bedrest or on partial bedrest, I’m sure you will find a thing or two to do.
Ready to alleviate boredom and start being productive while on bedrest?
11 fun things to do while you’re on bed-rest
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This might sound a bit weird, since in fact you are on bed-rest and therefor “duh” you have to rest, that’s the point. But, when you’re actually on bed-rest, do you really rest? Nope! At least, I didn’t because I wanted to do something, be active and feel normal.
You can take bed-rest literally and reset. Take a nap and enjoy it and then wake up happy and re-charged. You can also rest by laying down and not do anything but watch television or read a book. Resting does your pregnant body good.
If you’re not on strict bedrest, why not exercise? You do not have to go run a mile or two but simply walking around the house will do. This will make sure you are circulating your blood flow. Also, taking a stroll in your house or around your neighborhood will give you energy and distraction.
3. Start your baby registry
Baby registry is such a fun process that you will totally enjoy doing if you’re on bed-rest. Why? because you can do it online! There are so many stores (Target, Amazon, Buy Buy Baby and more) that offer online baby registry which is awesome and so convenient.
How about getting your partner involve in the process? It’s a great way to bond and decide which baby items you want and need. I personally loved checking out what people already have bought from my list, I would always get excited!
I recommend checking out the Amazon baby registry!
4.Read a book
Being on bedrest limits your ability to do a lot of things, like being active in general. This may make you feel sad and bored because there is not much you can do while on bedrest. One thing, that always helps me when I’m bored, is reading a good book. You can get lost for hours in a book which is great because you’ll be entertained.
Here are a few of my favorite pregnancy books that I know you’ll enjoy reading:
5. Binge watch your favorite shows
Another great way to deal with bed-rest and not let it consume you in a negative way is to do fun things like watching your favorite t.v shows on Netflix. Write a list of the shows you can’t wait to watch and then go for it. Have fun, lay down and enjoy your shows.
6.Find a hobby
There are a lot of great hobbies out there and I’m sure you can think of one thing you can do while you’re on bed-rest. You can write a blog, like this one! And share your pregnancy journey with your family and friends. You can even start your very own YouTube channel from the comfort of your home.
Other great hobby ideas you might like:
Here’s a list of 50+ other ideas for you to check out.
7.Shop online for your baby
When I was pregnant with all three of my children, I couldn’t stop shopping for them. I think you can relate to this, so why not shop your favorite baby stores online. This will get you distracted and also make you feel happy, because who doesn’t love a good shopping spree? You can shop for important things your baby needs like a stroller, boppy pillow, bottles, baby crib, clothes and so much more!
Baby items I recommend:
8.Have visitors over
Invite your family and friends over to your house or the hospital you’re staying in. Nothing is better than being with good company and having a good laugh. The time goes by super fast and you will be emotionally content.
If your family and friends live far, give them a call!
9. Mani and pedi
Treat yourself mama! Have an at home spa day and do your nails. It really relaxes you and what girl doesn’t like to get their nails done?
10.Write a birth plan
One great way to stay occupied and productive during your bed rest is to start thinking and writing your birth plan. Now, this is something I didn’t do with both of my pregnancies and the reason for this was that I didn’t know about it. I do think it’s a great idea to have a flexible birth plan in mind or on paper. Just for your peace of mind and for you to sort of be in control of your birth experience . Keep in mind that you need to have an open mind and know that sometimes things do not go according to plan.
Either way, I think this is a great idea for pregnant women to do. You can also include your partner and share your thoughts and decisions on how you want your birth to be. Here’s a helpful list of what to include on your birth plan.
11.Play board games
Have a family game night and have fun playing board games. If you have kids, they’ll love every minute of it. Family bonding is always a necessity and you need a good fun time to forget you’re on bedrest. I love playing board games with my family because it forces us not to be on our phones, tablets or laptop but instead it encourages us to appreciate and value family time.
Here’s a couple of fun family games I recommend:
Even though being on bed-rest can be a bit annoying or inconvenient, it’s best if we take care of ourselves and our unborn baby. Yes, it may restrict us from doing things that we would normally do otherwise, but the bigger picture is to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. This list will help you find ways to entertain yourself and find things that you can do to prepare for your birth. Like having your baby registry ready and how about shopping online for important baby items like the stroller?
Having a hobby is a great idea because this way you will feel productive and you will be doing something, rather than dwelling on the fact that you are on bed-rest. Treat yourself with a mani and pedi because what girl doesn’t love them? You can also get lost in a great book that you have been wanting to read.Binge watching your favorite t.v show is always a fun way to distract your mind and to be entertained. There are so many different things you can do while you’re on bed-rest that will make you adjust easily and peacefully.
Remember that you are strong and you can do this! Think about the positive outcome and that is your beautiful baby, believe me it will all be worth it.