Bed rest is fairly common, but know that if your doctor says you should stick to it, it really will be good for both you and baby (no matter how unfun the idea of it is!). An order of bed rest will come as a result of a specific diagnosis or condition. The most common are:
Risk of preterm labor
If you show signs of preterm labor, staying off your feet could help.
Expecting twins (or more!) puts you at a higher risk for preterm labor.
High blood pressure
If you have a high blood pressure condition like preeclampsia, your ob-gyn may order bed rest to help lower your stress levels and, in turn, your BP.
It's super-important to know exactly why you’re getting put on bed rest since your condition will influence exactly how much (if any) activity you can do.
Remember: Should you get put on bed rest have plenty (books, magazines, music) to keep your mind occupied on hand, and ask friends and family to help out with as many of your to-dos as possible. It’s vital to your—and baby’s—health that you stick to your OB’s orders. And hey, now you have a great excuse to binge-watch the latest season of your favorite show!