Post # 1
The same photographer who took photos for my sister’s wedding two years ago is going to be my photographer for my upcoming wedding. Slowly we have actually developed a friendship and shortly after signing our contract she found out she was pregnant and is due in mid-May. But ever since late January she has been on bed rest because their wasn’t enough fluid and the baby wasn’t growing enough like she was supposed to! 🙁 For the past three weeks she has been in the hospital due to very early contractions and today she was finally released to go home–and of course stay on best rest until May. The whole bed rest bit and now the added stress of the baby wanting to come of course is heart breaking for her and I would like to do something for her when she returns home.
I was wondering if anyone is on bed rest or knows of someone who is. Have any good suggestions on stuff I could get for her to brighten her mood and make her smile?
Post # 3
I was on bed rest for my youngest son, for the majority of my pregnancy and he ended up coming two months early. He is very healthy now and everything turned out great. She will continue to worry no matter what you do, but if she is like me, she will appreciate you just listening to her worries, even if you get bored listening to them and also bring her her favorite treat sometimes too. Mine was lemon meringe pie and any time someone brought that to me, it put a smile on my face. She will appreciate your friendship and shoulder to cry on the most though.
Post # 4
What about a fun basket full of goodies! Things to do…puzzles, games, a good DVD, some magazines….a REALLY nice bath robe (after all, she’s in bed all the time!) or fuzzy socks…anything that makes being in bed more comfy I’d say.
Does she like tea? You could get her a cute bedside tea warmer set with some nice teas! I like teavana. =]. THey have SO many flavors in decaf and low caf
Post # 5
I would put together a basket with some of your favourite books, some puzzles, or good magazines to keep her occupied – if you can find one in the area, I knew of an aesthetician who did pregnancy massage, mani’s and pedi’s in the home for women on bed rest, which would be awesome!
Post # 6
I’m sure her hubby will be stuck with many house chores so maybe ask her if there’s a task you can help out with?
My bosses wife was on bed rest and a friend offered to water her plants every week. May not seem like a big task – but it was once less thing for her and her family to worry about. Plus when she stopped in to water the plants she would spend a little time with her.
Bring freezable meals over would also probably really help.
As well as some treats and goodies to help keep her entertained!!
She may also be bombarded with gifts/help right now – but in two weeks that will lessen and that might be a great time to stop in 🙂
Post # 7
I was recently on bed rest. I’d say that you can never receive enough things to waste your time on! Bed rest is BORING! You need movies you haven’t seen (or that just came out on DVD), puzzles, crosswords, video games, music, SNACKS!, and things that generally make you comfortable (enter my fave new present THE SNUGGIE!!). It hurts to lay down all the time, so a gift certificate for a pregnancy massage would be GREAT, or a massager thingy she could use in bed. Warm bed socks are also nice. Maybe a magazine subscription, or an online subscription?
My experience was that I was resting all the time, and still very tired. I was BORED and uncomfortable and all I wanted was to get up and walk around (but I wasn’t allowed to and that sucked!). Like others have mentioned, I was SO uncomfortable leaving all the chores to my Darling Husband, and it was driving me crazy that so much needed doing! (Gift certificate for one weekend of maid service? AWESOME)
In the end the best gift you can give her is your time! Call her or visit often. Bedrest is so reclusive, it’s nice when others reach out to you.
Post # 8
I agree with the basket of goodies. My little brother was born at 6 months…Yep, that’s right. he was majorly preemie. During the last two week’s of my mom’s pregnancy, she was on bed rest and was going crazy due to the boredom. My dad’s company send her numerous care packages and her most favorite item from the package was a nerf gun. She had SO much fun with that thing. She would shoot the nurses with it whenever they came in, so the veteran nurses started sending the newbie nurses in training into her room to “break them in.” Everyone got a huge kick out of it and it definitely improved my mom’s morale!