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Third Trimester

Q&A: Bored With Bed Rest?

I’m 30 weeks pregnant with my first baby and was just put on bed rest due to an irritable uterus. I’m going crazy — both from worry and from boredom! What can I do?

As if pregnancy isn’t enough of an emotional roller coaster — now this! You can do it, but it’ll be a whole lot easier with some help.

First, the logistics. Decide where to going to be spending your days (your bed? the couch?), and have your partner, mom, or friend set up a cozy, full-service nest for you. Stock it with a phone, plenty of reading material, paper and pencil, a TV with remote, lots of drinks and snacks (get a cooler for the perishable stuff) and maybe even a laptop with Internet access. (Yay for wireless!) Ideally, your husband will check your supplies every morning before he leaves to make sure you have everything you need at arm’s reach.

Next, your emotions. Again, try to find some support. It’s natural to worry and feel angry when pregnancy doesn’t go according to plan. Share your feelings with your mate, midwife, or a trusted friend. You might also find it helpful to connect with other moms-to-be in the same predicament — look for them on our message boards.