Pregnancy and Preventing Bed Rest

Ask the Expert

Q:

I'm expecting twins. Can I prevent a bed-rest recommendation from my obstetrician?


A:

First, congratulations on your pregnancy and on having twins. While a twin, or any multiple pregnancy, can make your pregnancy more complicated, it doesn't mean you need to be on bed rest. The major reason women are prescribed bed rest is to prevent premature contractions. Two practices I recommend to delay or even prevent bed rest is to drink plenty of water each day and to relax. Both can help create what I call a "relaxed" uterus, one that is less likely to contract. The resting part may be more challenging for you if you’re an active person, but it's important. Simply lying on your left side or sitting with your feet up a couple of times a day for about 30 minutes helps your uterus stretch with less stress, reducing the risk of contractions. And, of course, follow all of your doctor's instructions. And don't forget to take some time to enjoy your special pregnancy. You certainly won't have much
time after those babies are born!

Click here for more pregnancy related expert Q&As

ADVERTISEMENT

Facebook Has Known for a Year and a Half That Instagram Is Bad for Teens Despite Claiming Otherwise – Here Are the Harms Researchers Have Been Documenting for Years

Studies consistently show that the more often teens use Instagram, the worse their overall well-being, self-esteem, life satisfaction, mood and body image

Your Wellness

Menstrual Cups Are a Cheaper, More Sustainable Way for Women to Cope With Periods Than Tampons or Pads

Though they've been around for decades, menstrual cups are now gaining in popularity due to concerns about sustainability

Your Health

I Was a Gestational Carrier, and I’d Do It Again in a Heartbeat

Carrying a baby that's not your own sounds daunting, but it's the best gift you can give

Real Women, Real Stories

by eMediHealth

☆☆☆☆☆ By eMediHealth ☆☆☆☆☆