Bedrest is awful.
I am on strict bed rest, due to a shortened cervix, which means laying flat to keep weight off my cervix - I'm not convinced that even makes sense, since the cervix isn't separate from the uterus and its constantly feeling the pull of the uterus anyway. Many people on bedrest wind up making it to term, get off and are induced! And many on bedrest still continue to dilate and deliver early.
I'm allowed to go to the bathroom, take a shower and go to my doctors appointments. I flip from side to side all day. From not doing anything, I have a hard time sleeping at night. Which makes me miserable and tired during the day. I don't generally like tv (although I do like a few shows on the Food Network) and its uncomfortable to type on my laptop laying down. I've tried to crochet, but that's also difficult in this position. It takes me longer to find movies on netflix than it does to watch them, and I usually lose interest before its even over. I'm so grateful for the help I have, but I'd love my own food.
My sense is that its unnecessary. I could see restricting activity. But this feels like total overkill. I think if I felt like it was actually helpful, I wouldn't be as grumpy about it, but at this point, I feel like a wrongly accused prisoner.
All the doctors in my practice and the peri have said it very well could just be my body, but they can't be sure since my cervix wasn't measured this way in any of my previous pregnancies, and there are no studies at all on womens cervixes through pregnancy to suggest things one way or another.
My history would suggest (at least to me) that this could be within my normal - I tend to have weeks of prodromal labor (so maybe weeks before that I was effacing), and I am very well dilated once I go into active labor (my third baby I was 6-7 when I went in to be induced!). I have never labored more than 3 hours with any of my kids and my last was all of 20 minutes or so.
My hope is once I get past 28 weeks, or even 30, they will lift the strict and go to modified - getting my own food, sitting on the couch, maybe going out for a change of scenery once in a while...