10 Things to Do While on Pregnancy Bed Rest

Young pregnant woman sleeping in bedWhile many women are able to move around and continue life while pregnant, some women aren’t that lucky. If you’ve been confined to bed for the benefit of the baby, you know it’s important, but it can be so boring! Here are 10 ways to keep yourself busy and productive:

1. Learn to knit or crochet. You can learn from books or online videos and you’ll have a hobby for life. Have someone pick up some cute baby yarn or order online and start working on a baby blanket. With hours to while away in bed, you’ll make great progress!
2. Write letters to the baby. This can be a fun way to pass the time and your little one will really enjoy reading about your hopes and dreams for him when he’s older.

3. Get your photos in order. This is the perfect time to start scrapbooking. After all, you’ll soon have hundreds of new photos to put away. You can do traditional scrapbooking on a table made for the bed or digital scrapbooking.

4. Earn some money. There are many different ways to earn online, such as writing articles, creating a blog or designing your own t-shirts to sell on Zazzle and CafePress.

5. Make some toys. Why not create an adorable felt mobile or stuffy for your baby? There are hundreds of patterns online and felt is super easy to work with.

6. Make a yo-yo quilt. These are very simple and you can use old clothing or scraps of fabric that you have laying around. Cut 2-3” circles, then do a running stitch around the outside edge. Pull tight and knot . . . you have a yo-yo! Make a bunch and then stitch them together to create a pretty blanket.

7. Get some free stuff. Many companies offer coupons or freebies on their websites. Take a look online to see if you qualify for some sample products. You can either use them or arrange them into gift baskets for friends and family.

8. Reconnect with friends and family. In the hustle and bustle of everyday living, we can get distanced from people we used to really enjoy. Write some friends an email or even mail them a handwritten letter.

9. Learn something new. Get some language cds or videos, pick up a video on how to draw or get a book that teaches you how to whittle . . . anything that you can learn to do while on bed rest goes.

10. Make plans for the future. What do you want your child to know by age 18? Which skills do you want them to learn by then and how will you teach them?

Bed rest isn’t a lot of fun, but if it results in a healthy pregnancy and birth, then it is well worth it. Try to think of fun and interesting things to do, apart from reading and watching old movies and soon you’ll be wishing for rest again with a new baby in the house!

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