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10 Ways To Keep Busy On Pregnancy Bed Rest
I have a tendency to have high-risk pregnancies. Twice now I have spent weeks on pregnancy bed rest, trying to keep my baby cooking a little longer.
My most recent pregnancy resulted in 3 months of bed rest!
Guess what?? Pregnancy bed rest is Boring!
I had to find ways to keep busy to keep my sanity.
Depending on your activity level allowed these are some of the things I did during my bed rest days to keep sane.
Crocheting/Knitting– I was lucky enough that my grandma taught me how when I was really young, but even if you’ve never done it before it’s easy to learn. Just do a quick YouTube search and follow along! It’s how I learn new stitches all of the time. Since I wasn’t able to properly prepare for baby, this helped settle my nesting urge. Baby E now has loads of crocheted blankets and little outfits to snap newborn photos in. When clutter was driving me crazy I whipped up an organizer to hang by my bed to keep all of my essentials close by. I was even able to do this almost completely lying down with the right pillow and position. All you need to get started is crochet needles, a bit of yarn, and a search for free patterns on Pinterest!
Swagbucks– Being out of work meant I had to cut back my shopping. Considering I had all day to sit around and browse online this was extremely difficult. I did some searches to see how I could come up with an extra bit of cash and found Swagbucks. I spend about an hour each morning doing surveys and other little tasks and have earned $100 in gift cards this month. You can even shop through them to earn even more points towards gift cards. I’m waiting for my baby shower and then using this to splurge on whatever items I didn’t get from target guilt free!
Audibles– Books were my biggest sanity saver. Bedrest is very much a mental game and keeping your mind busy and engaged is so important! I signed up for a free trial on audibles through Amazon. My link will get you a free trial with two free books! I used that and have been catching up on books I wanted to read. I LOVE reading with a physical book in hand, but it’s also quite relaxing to listen while crocheting or while sitting in my lounger out in the sun.
Kindle Unlimited– This app can be downloaded straight to your phone. Through my link the first month is free! Although it was a bit hard to navigate and find books I wanted to read, It as nice on those late nights where I wasn’t tired but the husband was snoring beside me. You can switch the screen to be dark with white lettering and stay up reading until you’re tired enough to doze off. I know my sleep schedule was a mess and this really helped me not lay there and overthink things.
Coloring– When I first went on pregnancy bed rest I had coworkers and friends bringing me coloring books and supplies. I thought they were a bit crazy as I hadn’t colored in years. Turns out it’s really relaxing. I really struggled with anxiety while on pregnancy bed rest and coloring was one of those activities that I could shut my brain down. They say it’s equivalent to meditating. I ended up buying more and here are some of my favorites!
Research your birth plan– For a while, I wasn’t sure I’d even be bringing Baby E home so I tried not to look too far into the future, but once I hit the third trimester I realized that I could be giving birth to a real baby in a very short amount of time. I’ve always wanted a medication free delivery so I ordered books on hypnobirthing, natural hospital births, and of course a preemie book. I tried to take advantage of, my downtime and get prepared for the end game because yes bed rest eventually comes to an end. Whoo!
Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime– We had Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. I watched endless episodes of any show that peaked my interest. I realize this probably wasn’t the most productive use of my time, but some days my body wasn’t up for doing much more than just laying horizontally and that helped pass the time.
Scrapbook– I had the supplies sitting in the corner of the living room for over a year so I finally used Walmart’s printing/shipping and caught up A’s scrapbook. It’s not anything extravagant. I literally used a binder, page protectors, 8.5 x 11 card stock, a glue stick, and a sharpie and pieced together his life. When I finished him and I sat and read through it which was just more motivation to make sure I keep up on Baby E’s!
Pregnancy Journal– I’m honestly not one to journal but I wanted to write everything down medically, and milestone wise so if I ever had the crazy idea to have another kid I could look back and remind myself what I had gone through to get Baby E here. I used the Belly Book as it has a lot of blank spaces in it to fill in and did my best to keep it up to date with all doctors appointments and hospital visits. Looking back through A’s I regret not writing more details because I know I had complications with him towards the end so this time, I’m making sure these hormones aren’t able to erase the unpleasant.
Blogging- What I wouldn’t do for some quiet uninterrupted time to work on my blog. If you ever thought about starting your own blog, THIS IS THE TIME! It’s a great outlet for all of your pent-up creative energy, you have tons of time to research and learn blogging techniques, and if you really put your time into it you can create some extra income for yourself and your future family.