My sister-in-law is pregnant with her first baby far away from family in Ohio. She was recently put on bed rest due to elevated blood pressure. She has several weeks to go, and all those weeks in bed. I can’t imagine what that must feel like to be stuck in bed for weeks on end waiting to give birth. So I decided to conspire with my mothers-in-law to send her a “we’re thinking of you” box with some little things to help pass the time.
Want to put together a bed rest box for your friend or family member? Think about pampering her while she’s in bed.
Something to pass the time: A DVD of her favorite television show, or a gift of a Netflix account might be nice. You could throw in a book like this one that is actually called Bed Rest, or a book of puzzles, or magazines on her favorite subject.
Something to eat: Add something that she can keep close by to snack on or something soothing to drink. It might be nice to give her a way to enjoy a meal that she (or her significant other) doesn’t have to cook. Before you pick foods and drinks for your friend, check to see if bed rest has limited her already limited pregnancy foods and drinks.
Something to keep her feeling human: Do you remember that last time that you had to stay in bed because you were incredibly sick. Do you remember that feeling – that you can’t remember when you last washed your hair? She might be in that bed longer than your last flu left you bed-ridden. Think about adding a bottle nail polish, a hand cream or other bath and beauty products that will help her feel like her.
Of course you know your friend best. And if you live close by you can forego the box and just visit her and, maybe, ya know, just hang out with her and maybe to the dishes.