Bed Rest

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maxsmom - April 10

I am 35 weeks 5 days. I am 75%effaced and dialated to a 2. Today my doctor told me that I need to be on bed rest the rest of this week and next and then after that I could go back to work if I hadn't delivered. I understand that is because at that point I will be safer to deliver but does this all seem a little ridiculous or is it just me? Thanks


LoriAnn2994 - April 10

I am 34 weeks 4 days, 50% effaced and 2 cm dilated. I have been on bedrest fro 2 weeks. I also had been taking Brething to stop contractions. My Md took me off the medication today and told me that she would not stop me from going if I started in labor. She said she would prefer me to take it easy until 36 weeks. I think that after 36 weeks you should be fine. She told me that every day counts until 37 weeks.


Daniella - April 10

I think a lot of doctors say "bedrest" too often. You are fine even if you went into labor now. Also, I have been dilated and effaced since 32 weeks and was never put on bedrest and I am 36 weeks now. I am also 2 cm dilated and about the same effaced. I am not telling you not to listen to your dr. (I can't do that)... but, I believe you should do what you want to. My doctor and I believe that bedrest is overly advised. In fact most woman go into labor from at night/eary morning because they were relaxed in bed. When your going to dilate, your going to dilate and bedrest isn't going to stop that. The only time bedrest is good is if you have a medical condition that requires it. Perhaps pre-eclampsia, incompetent or incomplete cervix, etc., etc. Yet, just for dilation and effacement (especially after you hit 35 weeks) isn't a good reason to be put on bedrest.


maxsmom - April 11

You are both saying my sentiments exactly. Thanks for the input.


Renee-Marie - April 11

I'm 30 weeks and on bedrest.....I started getting contractions 15 min apart at work (sitting at my desk) last Tuesday... and I dont have any of that stuff Danielle mentioned. (Pre-eclampsia, etc). I wish I were further along than 30 the rest of you. I would feel better about going into labor naturally at this point...but I fear my sons lungs are not yet mature enough.


Daniella - April 11

Renee_Marie- unless you start dilating or effacing, etc. then 15 min. apart contractions are usually just braxton hicks ones... yet, like you said.. you want to try to push it out a few more weeks, so just take it easy. Make sure you drink lots of fluids. I'm sure you know that, but it really does help.



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