Doctors usually prescribe bed rest when they want patients to restrict their physical activities. However, patients who are prescribed bed rest are expected to follow a very strict list of orders of what they can and cannot do during treatment. There are several different types of bed rest prescribed during pregnancy:
Scheduled Bed Rest
Women who are prescribed scheduled bed rest are required to rest for a certain amount of time every day. The recommendation could include sitting with your feet up or taking a nap for two hours at the end of every workday. You could also be encouraged to rest for an hour where you lie down on your side for every four hours you’re awake. Some physicians may also prescribe a shortened workday during your third trimester and restrict activities such as exercise, stair-climbing, and walking or standing for extended periods of time.
Moderate Bed Rest
With moderate bed rest, you’re typically prohibited from working, driving, and even household chores. You can also sit at your desk or stand long enough to fix yourself lunch. Women who are prescribed moderate bed rest can also split their day between the couch and bed; however, going up and down stairs much be kept to a minimum. Moderate bed rest also allows you to go out once in a while, as long as it doesn’t involve much physical activity.
Strict Bed Rest
Strict bed rest requires you to lay horizontal all day, aside from trips to the bathroom or a quick shower. In the case your house has stairs, you’ll be required to stay on one floor. With strict bed rest, you’ll need to ask your partner (or a relative or friend) to help you with chores around the house. It’s also a good idea to keep some of your necessities nearby, such as drinks and snacks to get you through the day.
Hospital Bed Rest
Hospital bed rest is required for women who need constant monitoring, as well as IV medications, because preterm labor has already started. If your labor was successfully stalled, you still may need to continue hospital bed rest. This will ensure that your babies will continue to grow in your womb as long as possible for the duration of your pregnancy.