Questions to Ask Your Doctor About: Bed Rest

by the Wiser Pregnancy team

question• Why are you prescribing bed rest?

• If you suspect [a specific condition, such as preterm labor or cervical insufficiency], are there any tests you can do to prove I have this condition?

• Is bed rest really necessary? Are there any alternatives, such as medication, to manage my condition?

• Does bed rest really prolong pregnancy?

• What are the benefits and disadvantages of prescribing bed rest?

• What kind of bed rest do you suggest? When will it begin?

• Can I sit up? For how long?

• Will I be able to move around the house? Can I go up and down stairs?

• When I lie down, should I be in a certain position?

• Will the restrictions be lifted if my condition improves?

• Can I continue working full-time or part-time?

• If I can continue working, will I need to make any routine or activity modifications?

• Can I take care of my children or will I need childcare?

• What household chores can I do and what should I avoid?

• How often and for how long can I get up during the day?

• Can I get up to go to the bathroom?

• Can I shower or bathe every day?

• Can I eat at the table with my family or do I need to eat in bed?

• Can I drive or ride in a car? What’s the best way for me to come to my doctor appointments if I need to limit my time in the car?

• Are gentle stretching and other exercises safe?

• What exercises can I do to condition my muscles, prevent blood clots in my legs and stay fit enough to take care of a newborn baby?

• Can my spouse or partner and I have sexual intercourse? Oral sex? Are orgasms okay?

• What side effects of bed rest should I expect? What can I do to manage these side effects?

• Will bed rest affect my postpartum recovery?

• Do you know of a physical therapist who specializes in working with pregnant women on bed rest?

These questions are based on research published by publicly available and private medical information sources on the topic.

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