When Mama Needs Her Bed Rest

The need for bed rest will differ from woman to woman. In some cases, the doctor may recommend periods of rest at home during pregnancy. In other cases, the doctor may prescribe bed rest because of a specific complication. Rarely, a doctor may prescribe a period of bed rest with monitoring in hospital. Here are three reasons the doctor may recommend best rests.

1. High blood pressure

Sometimes women may suffer from high blood pressure such as eclampsia or preeclampsia. Around 5% of pregnant women suffer from preeclampsia. The risk of preeclampsia is increased in pregnant women who are over the age of 35 years, have kidney problems, are carrying multiple fetuses, have a history of high blood pressure, or who are obese. Eclampsia is a severe complication caused by preeclampsia which may causes seizures during pregnancy.

Women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy will require close monitoring. In some cases, hypertension may cause risks to the baby. These include decreased blood flow to the placenta, injury to the mother’s organs, slow or reduced growth of the fetus, premature birth, and placental abruption.

2. Vaginal bleeding

Vaginal bleeding may occur during the first trimester of pregnancy. Typically, this is not a sign of a problem. Spotting can occur during early pregnancy when the embryo attaches to the uterus, and this is nothing to be concerned about.

However, if vaginal bleeding occurs during the second or third trimester, this can be an indication of a complication. Such complications include placenta previa, placental abruption, and preterm labor. Women who experience bleeding during the second and third trimesters should seek immediate medical attention.

3. Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes can develop during pregnancy. Like other forms of diabetes, pregnancy affects how the body uses glucose. Gestational diabetes can also cause high blood pressure. For most women, gestational diabetes does not cause any problems. Women who do develop gestational diabetes usually return to normal after pregnancy, though this condition can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Women who develop gestational diabetes will need more frequent check-ups during pregnancy. Often doctors will also recommend a period of bed rest, particularly towards the end of the pregnancy. Doctors may also refer women with gestational diabetes to a dietician or an endocrinologist.

Don’t get bored on bed rest

Women who are prescribed bed rest do not have to be bored. This is a perfect opportunity to relax and catch up with a favorite movie or a good book. Women who are skilled at crafts can also make things for the baby. Staying mentally active will help the time pass more quickly.