Doctors often prescribe bed rest to buy a little more time for your pregnancy. It's not clear if it works in delaying labor. But it can help in a few ways. Bed rest may help lower your blood pressure, improve blood flow to the placenta, and reduce pressure on your cervix.
Sometimes, bed rest means staying in bed all the time, except to go to the bathroom. Or, your doctor may suggest partial bed rest, where you relax in bed for several hours during the day. In either case, it can be a difficult time for you physically and emotionally.
Call Doctor If:
- You have a painful, swollen vein in your leg. This could be a blood clot from poor blood circulation.
- You feel short of breath or have chest pain. This could mean a blood clot has broken loose and lodged in your lung.
- You have contractions or leaking of amniotic fluid or other signs of labor.
- Your blood pressure is higher than your doctor says is OK.
- You don't feel your babies move as much as before.
- Keep a schedule. Having a routine helps pass the time.
- Ask friends and family to visit and help you out.
- Do leg and foot exercises to prevent blood clots.
- Eat healthy and drink enough water to stay hydrated.