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What does it mean to go on bed rest?

What does it mean to go on bed rest?

Bed rest: Bed rest simply means that the only thing you do is stay in bed. Sometimes your provider will allow you to get up and go to the bathroom, but sometimes not. The order for bed rest is given when a persons medical condition is likely to worsen by being up and around. We try not to do bed rest very often, but it is a necessary part of some patients care. This is most common in obstetrics. ...Read more

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Strict Bed Rest (Definition)

For some women, the doctor recommends total or partial bed rest during their pregnancy. They may be at high risk for preterm labor or other complications, requiring them to reduce their activity level, stay away from stressful situations, and keep the baby inside as long as possible. If your health care provider orders a dose of bed rest for you - whether it's for one day or for the duration of your pregnancy - you might try these coping strategies to help accept the restrictions ...Read more


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How will I know if I will have to go on bed rest?

How will I know if I will have to go on bed rest?

Bed rest is rare: The vast majority of pregnant women never need bed rest. Your doctor will discuss this with you if any complications develop that require bed rest, but there is really not a way to look ahead and predict. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the lightheadedness to go away after months of prolong bed rest?

How long does it take for the lightheadedness to go away after months of prolong bed rest?

Up to a week: Astronauts experience the same issue after prolonged weightlessness. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What are the benefits of bed rest?

Unclear: Randomized trials to date have not shown bedrest to benefit women in terms of preterm delivery. Activity likely raises blood pressure in women with hypertension of pregnancy, though this is likely more of a downstream effect than an impact on the actual pathologic process. ...Read more

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What can I expect when I am on bed rest?

Just that: You want to limit yourself when it comes to major physical activities, so bed rest is bed rest. Try not to get bored, but you need to listen to the dr. And stay restful for you health and possibly the health of your baby if pregnant. Good luck. ...Read more

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What complications are associated with bed rest?

Muscular atrophy: Some women placed on strict bedrest, especially those with a cerclage in place, may be told to avoid any straining with their abdominal muscles. Depending on how long they remain on bedrest, they may develop moderate to severe atrophy of the abdominal core muscle group as well as the legs, buttocks and arms. ...Read more

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What can I do to stay entertained during bed rest?

Healthtap :): I always recommend patients on bedrest have a laptop to help pass the time. Now i encourage patients to use healthtap as an education tool to help learn about their pregnancy. Having family visit, reading books and watching some favorite tv shows help too. ...Read more

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Can anyone suggest activities for someone on bed rest?

Can anyone suggest activities for someone on bed rest?

Depends: It depends on the reason for bed rest. For some they can do upper body and for others readinf. ...Read more