I was put on strict bedrest in week 11 because of my severe bleeding. This means I had to lie down flat on the bed at all times. Walking was strictly reserved for the bathroom and having my shower became the highlight of the day.
Frankly I didn’t know how to spend my time for the first two months, but I manage followings to counter boredom and use my time more meaningfully.
Week 14 to Week 18 – strict bedrest
Bed exercises such as leg lift (front and side, one leg each time to avoid straining the tummy. Pregnant women aren’t supposed to carry out strenuous core exercises), arm lifts with weights, Kegels, and limbs rotations. Bed exercises became important to me while on strict bed rest as it helps to prevent my recurring headaches which occurred during the first 2 weeks in the hospital. I believe the long hours of lying down slowed down my blood circulation and resulted in unpleasant splitting headaches. I actually questioned how I could survive through my remaining pregnancy if I need to go tolerate this every single day.
Books were my next best friends. Thank goodness the National Library Board now allows members to reserve books online. My hubby picked up the books for me. I read a number of parenting books and just a novel. by then, I realized I have no interest in novels in my current state of mind, perhaps due to the hormonal changes in my body.
Third is definitely the mobile phone. Pin-interest, Facebook, Instagram and games. These apps helped me spent my lazy days mindlessly.
I regret not knowing of free online courses which I could have taken. There are actually FREE courses provided by Coursera and edX (and many others) that could have helped me utilize my time on the bed on fruitfully. The courses are provided by reputable schools including Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Hong Kong, etc. Topics range from languages, humanities, business, science to computing, and lasts for 6 to 8 weeks in general. While coverage is basic, I could have learned basic computing or brush up my English for free while lying on the bed.
My 2 kids continued to entertain my with their “mummy, can you play with me?” requests after their day care. While I couldn’t sit up much, they accommodated my condition by playing board and card games with me on the bed, with academic practices here and there too.
I tried some light cooking but could not, as I got fainting spells within 5 minutes.
Week 19 onwards – partial bedrest – better use of time
As I moved on to partial bedrest, I wrote a list of tasks to complete before I deliver. I came out with more than 10 projects, many of which can be achieved on the bed. I felt a rush of adrenaline and decided that life on the bed will no more be boring anymore.
So what else did I do?
Sorted out our family insurance and financial situation.
Completed a number of photo albums to be sent for printing. That took me weeks as it was 5 years worth of pictures that I didn’t have the time to look into being a full-time working mum with 2 kids.
Selling preloved items on Carousel.
Embark on a new adventure, that is learning to blog! My, the numbers of skills and apps I need to learn in order to set up a blog. But at least I can learn and blog on the bed! That’s what I am doing this very minute!
I will be on strict bedrest again in a few weeks’ time. Reckon it’ll start around week 30-32. Hopefully, this blog will be up and running by then.