If your pregnancy has resulted in bed rest and a prolonged stay in the hospital, you may feel like you're being held prisoner in the neighborhood maternity ward. However, if you take some steps to make the stay a little more comfortable, you might find that you can get through it without too much stress. Here are some simple steps you can take to make your hospitalization and bed rest a bit more bearable:
Turn the Space Into Your Own
If you're going to be in the hospital for an extended stay, you're going to get tired of looking at those same four white walls. If they're a different color, you'll get tired of that too. In fact, you'll find that no matter how the room is decorated when you get there, you're going to get tired of it. That's why it's so important that you take the time to turn the space into your own. Consider it your home away from home for a few weeks. Go ahead and bring a few pictures from home. Ask your partner to bring you your favorite blanket for the bed too. If you like fresh flowers, have someone pick up a few vases from the local dollar store and ask friends and family members to bring fresh flowers in once a week. Not only will the fresh flowers perk up the place, but they'll also add a fresh scent to another wise sterile environment.
Gather the Right Healthcare Products
You might think that since you'll be in the hospital, that you won't need any additional healthcare supplies. However, that's not actually true. In fact, there are quite a few healthcare products that you can add to your room to make your stay more comfortable. One thing you'll need is a contour flip pillow. This pillow doubles as a body pillow and a backrest, which will help keep you comfortable. You'll also need an inflatable donut cushion for your bottom. You might not be sitting, but you'll still be putting a lot of pressure on your bottom. The cushion can help relieve the pressure.
Be Vocal About Your Needs
While you're on bed rest for your pregnancy, you're going to need help with virtually everything. To make sure you get the help you need, it's important for you to be vocal about those needs. Don't be afraid to let the nursing staff know what you need. It's also a good idea to arrange a delivery service among your friends. That way, you'll be able to get the things you need on a daily basis.