Kate Middleton to stop public appearances starting June 13

In the first trimester, going on maternity leave might be the last thing on your mind. In between planning your baby shower and decorating your new nursery, you're going to have plenty to do during your pregnancy calendar. However, the time will eventually come when you need to slow down and take a breather for the sake of your aching back! As your pregnancy inches closer to an end, you'll need to go easy on yourself and your expanding belly. 

This is just what the Duchess of Cambridge will begin doing on June 13, according to The Mirror. Sources close to the royal family claim that Kate Middleton will stop all appearances and begin preparing for her due date, which is July 13. The last event she will attend is the send-off of a local cruise ship that was christened and named in her honor. Once the baby arrives, many people speculate that the royal couple won't be doing much traveling again until 2014.

"Kate has really enjoyed her job and wanted to work as close to the birth date as possible," a source close to Middleton told The Mirror. "The cruise ship christening on June 13 will be her last official solo engagement."

Bed rest and pregnancy
Depending on your body and how your pregnancy is progressing, your doctor might advise you to begin bed rest as you become closer to your due date, but what are the benefits of resting? It can be challenging to sit still if you're the type of person who enjoys working. However, understanding the advantages of bed rest might encourage you to use your doctor's prescription.

When you're resting, you're allowing your cervix to relax and reducing the overall strain on your body. Your heart doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood, and you can potentially increase oxygen circulation to your fetus. Whether your doctor tells you to spend a few hours in bed each day or stay there as often as you can, bed rest will inevitably affect you and your loved ones. For instance, you might need to ask for more assistance when it comes to everything from household chores to bathing. Don't be afraid to ask for this much-needed help!

How have you endured bed rest in the past? Did you find it helpful to relax? Leave your feedback in the comments section!