How to Enjoy Pregnancy Bedrest or Hospital Stay

I remember thinking when I was younger how cool it would be to have twins. I’ve always been fascinated with them. I mean, come on, it’s so cool! But I don’t think I ever really thought that would be me. So to my surprise, at my 14 week appointment, there were TWO babies. What!! It took me about a day of utter shock to realize my inner child’s fascination and become so excited!
Some weeks later we learned the twins shared a sac and a placenta so it was planned to be inpatient for multiple daily monitoring for the last couple months of my pregnancy. I remember fretting this stay, certain I would lose my mind completely. But, oh, contraire! I actually, mostly, really enjoyed it! Twin pregnancy is hard! My body loved my feet being up, not chasing my little toddler, and letting my body have some rest. I was inpatient from 27 weeks to my planned c-section at 34 weeks. After being admitted, my body became less swollen, I had less ligament pains, my Braxton hicks slowed down, and generally I went from being very uncomfortable to being just largely pregnant. After seven weeks living in the hospital, here are my suggestions:

Firestick
The hospital had cable but I got pretty tired of reruns pretty quickly. Our Firestick worked better than our Appletv at connecting to the hospital wifi that needed you to accept their terms and conditions.

  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Channel apps
  • Games

Movies and Books

  • 📀 📚

Visitors

  • Daily? Weekly? I looked forward to my daily visits from my husband and my son. Other than that, I was content having other friends and family’s visits being less consistent. I’m normally a very social person but in this period, I did enjoy my alone time.
  • Bring distractions or food, always food.

FOOD
I am a huge fan of food, especially when I am pregnant, but I was not a fan of room service. Every chance I got, but without spending all of our money on food, I would satisfy my cravings elsewhere.

  • Uber eats
  • Doordash
  • Local cafes
  • Cafeteria

Balancing with other children
My son was 18 months when I was admitted inpatient. Before that time period, he and I had never had a night apart. This was definitely the hardest part for me. But amazingly, kids are so resilient and we all adjusted to our new norm pretty quickly.

  • Who can “be you”? My husband is amazing and not only was Mom AND Dad but also didn’t skip a day to visit me (insert swoon here).
  • It takes a village, call in all villagers.
  • Regular visits.
  • Facetime in between physical visits.
  • Do things together, create a routine for the visits so they know what to expect/look forward to.
  • Bring in their things (pack n play, coloring books, movies, toys, games, things you do together at home).
  • Order groceries or home necessities online for pickup or delivery – I did this for my husband and son to have at home and added what I wanted for the week too. Anything to be able to help out!

Make your room cozy
This is your new home for the time being, get comfortable.

  • Essential Oils/ Diffuser
  • Pictures (hang with tape if needed)
  • Post letters of encouragement

Make friends with your nurses

  • For company (gets lonely)
  • For learning your preferences and needs
  • A happy nurse is a softer handed nurse 💉
  • Makes it more of a human interaction vs patient to nurse (goes both ways)

(Can I insert here how much I love nurses after all this?!)

I understand everyone is different. My room was stocked with several things I barely glanced at but everything I listed made a huge impact in enjoying my seven week inpatient stay.

I would love to hear about your experience, comment below or send me an email!

You got this!

9 thoughts on “How to Enjoy Pregnancy Bedrest or Hospital Stay

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  3. 100 percent agree with your list!
    Fire stick is a must have!!
    Daily visits from hubby, a must!
    Hospital food vs real food… always real food
    Makes friends with the nurses… a must!!
    Pictures, diffuser and making your room your own, yes yes yes!

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