Post # 1
My good friend is about 33 weeks pregnant with twins and has been admitted to hospital with pre-eclampsia. She could have the babies at any time.
I’ve emailed her husband (he was the one who let me know she’d been admitted) to let him know that I can help out in any way if they need it (e.g. stopping by their house to feed their cat, or helping run any baby-related errands).
I just wanted to hear from any ladies who have been admitted to hospital while pregnant if there was anything that you could have used while you were laying there on bedrest? Is there anything specific that I should do for her?
Thanks for any advice you can offer. She’s just had a really tough pregnancy and I want to do whatever I can to help.
Post # 3
I’ve never been on bedrest for too long. But, I can say that I’d love for someone to smuggle me yummy food! But I’m not sure what she’d be premitted to actually eat in her condition so I guess maybe that’s not the best idea. Moving on, I’d like dvd’s for my laptop, strictly comedies, because who wants to be sad sitting in a hospital bed? Or comfy pj’s would be nice. I think just some providing your company and your offer to help should they need it is ultimately the best thing you can do.
Post # 4
I was never admitted to the hospital, but when I stayed there afterwards there were things that I knew needed to be done and I wasn’t doing them! You could go feed their animals, water their plants, run any errands. You could also take her some things to do, like watch movies, puzzle books, a good book, maybe an easy craft while she is laying around, like baby books, etc. I would go and visit her a lot too, jsut to keep her company. I hope it all works out for her!
Post # 5
I was on bedrest at home for a month… and let me tell you that above all, it is boring! Bring her movies, teach her how to knit, come talk to her and hang out, bring treats. She’s probably really uncomfortable, so anything pampering is great (new toenail polish etc).
It’s so nice of you to be thinking of her and helping her out!
Post # 6
So nice of you!! I haven’t been on bedrest either, but I am sure she would love company – especially if it was low key type of company vs. entertaining. Come over with a movie, something to eat, etc. Call and ask her if she needs anyone to get her groceries, pick up her drycleaning, get stuff she needs for baby’s arrival (diapers, bottles, etc)- usually the more specific you can be the better which it sounds like is what you are trying to do! (e.g., “let me know how I can help” is often a genuinely nice, but not helpful way to help 🙂
i think asking her husband is a great idea too.
Post # 7
Thanks so much for your advice ladies!
I will stock up on books and dvds to bring her and will try to get over to see her regularly – it’s nice that the hospital is only about 5 minutes from my office.
Really appreciate your help and suggestions!
Post # 8
When a friend was in the hospital, I bought a pedicure kit for her and took some pretty polishes to the hospital and did her nails for her. That was years ago and she still talks about how much it meant to her.
Post # 9
I was on bedrest twice (at home though) and like DG said it is BORING. So incredibly boring! Anything that can pass the time for her like a good book (something light and uplifting perhaps). Movies (if she has a DVD player), a Nintendo DS with games, playing cards (stay and play with her!), etc. If she has a hobby (like knitting or crocheting) then get her supplies for that. Also, anything you can do to pamper her (foot rubs, back rubs, pedicure, manicure, etc). I know that my DH’s foot massages were the best part of my days when I was on bedrest!
Post # 10
I’m on partial bedrest now…trying to stay off of full bedrest…and I would concur with the other ladies – it’s mostly BORING! Go by and visit, keep her company, bring her something to occupy her mind as there is NOTHING on TV to watch during the day. Puzzles, word games, number games, or just your presence could be all that much better!
But the pampering idea sounds AWESOME as well!