Twin Pregnancy & Bed Rest
Those are two words that often go together! From a personal standpoint, I know this because I was put on bed rest at 28 weeks when I began having contractions that needed medication to go away! Waiting the 8 weeks until my water finally broke all on its own was frustrating, depressing, and completely agonizing! Why? Because no matter how tired you feel, being committed to staying off your feet steals your autonomy and can make you feel like a victim of circumstance.
I can remember vividly, that just a few hours after my husband would leave for work. I would sneak out to the Dollar Store that was just a few miles from my house. Even though my couch and bedroom were as equipped as a queen's room – with a fridge, video games (which I wasn't a fan of until then), remote controls, and tons of videos – I felt like slowly, but surely, I was going stir crazy! I had to get out. Of course, I always imagined that at some point I would be caught because my water would break smack dab in the middle of the candy aisle. My plan was simple. Get home from the store and then call 911 as well as the other important people who needed to know that birth was imminent. Luckily, it never happened, and never in my sneaking out was I caught.
There are some things that you can do to make bed rest, should it come up, more easily tolerated! The first is to not watch the clock! As hard as it may be, time passes slowly when you are waiting to give birth and even more so if you have been confined to a bed! Just try not to mix up your days and nights, and make the most out of the rest you can get. If you had a job before, then see what you can accomplish from home. A phone and a laptop are often all you need to continue to work. Another thing you could do is start organizing things, like baby announcements. Get all the envelopes addressed, and fill out as much of the information as you can ahead of time. Once the babies get here, you won't have time to do this.
Do some organizing! Things like your email, hard drive, coupon books, collection of passwords, and address and phone books all take a beating after time. This is the perfect time to get chores like this done. If there have been books or magazines that you have been dying to read, then collect them and use this quiet time to read. Reading becomes a hot commodity once your house is full with two babies! Learn how to knit, sew, or crochet. Surprisingly, few women from our generation know how to do these things, and in a few years, you will have wished you learned! Any type of handiwork can be done while you are on bed rest, and it sure helps to pass the time. One great thing to do is make something for your babies while you are on bed rest. Whether it is a blanket or a scrapbook of dreams, you can use this time combined with your creativity to make it happen.
Another great thing to do is to organize your photos! Certainly, you have tons of photos from the time in your life before digital imagery was widespread. Pull the scanner and your computer over to the couch, and take a trip down memory lane. Scanning them into your computer to save forever gives you a great way to hold onto your past so that you will be able to share it with your future. This is one of those tasks that people long to do for years and years, and bed rest gives you the perfect opportunity. Another great past time is to start journaling. Write about your pregnancy, how you feel, and all the dreams and hopes you have for your children in the future. Your thoughts now are something that they will treasure when they become parents, and there is no better time to take a moment and share it with them.
If all else fails, sneak out to the Dollar Store from time to time! Bed rest is in fact a grim and deep seeded reminder that in just a few short weeks, your life will be changed forever. Being served meals and taken care of for a while is in hindsight a blessing. Soon, you will be the one serving and taking care of others, and another chance at rest and reflection will not present itself again any time soon.