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Old 02-27-2014, 12:04 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi, 

has anybody expericence? I am on bedrest for early contractions and I already lost much of my strength. When I am 33/34 weeks I will be able to get up again, and I am worrying about birth alot, since I think I just have no endurance left anymore :(

 

Does anybody have tips on how to get as much strength back as possible without overdoing it? 

 

Anybody experience at all? 

 

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Are you doing resting in bed leg and breathing exercises? They are really important to help prevent pneumonia and DVTs and will help a little bit with retaining muscle mass as well.

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I had similar concerns. I was on bed rest from 22 weeks to 35 1/2 weeks, then gave birth at 36 weeks. I did breathing exercises while on bed rest, then walked as much as I could (seven blocks working up to 16 blocks with a long rest in the middle) during the time I was off bed rest before the birth. It was hard, and 2 1/2 years later I'm not back in shape, but I managed a vaginal birth of twins. So...do what you can, but don't overdo it (you're on bed rest for a reason), and don't panic too much.

 

For me the big thing was walking when I was allowed to, but listening to my body and not pushing.

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Thank you all. I just found some evidence against bed rest, and am wondering now,

 

thank you for the tips on strengthening. I do not bed rest all the time, I get up a couple of times a day...at least to sit at the table or something. So I guess, DVT risk should not be too high (I Hope at least ;) ) 


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Thank you all. I just found some evidence against bed rest, and am wondering now,

thank you for the tips on strengthening. I do not bed rest all the time, I get up a couple of times a day...at least to sit at the table or something. So I guess, DVT risk should not be too high (I Hope at least wink1.gif

Yeah, there isn't a lot of evidence for bed rest in most circumstances. It's not done very much where I come from anymore.

It's great that you can get up once or twice a day. I would still do leg exercises every hour that you are in bed. Are you wearing TED stockings? Your risk of DVT is increased anyway during pregnancy, as I'm sure you already know.

These are what we teach patients confined to bed. We ask them to do ten repeats (if they can, or as many as they're able to) every hour they are awake.

- legs extended, point toes towards head then towards foot of bed, stretching calf muscle

- rotate each foot in a circle, clockwise then anticlockwise

- bend knee, bringing heel up to bottom then straighten

- with legs straight, try to press the back of the knee hard into the bed, tensing thigh muscle

- Breath in as deeply as you can. Hold for for a count of ten then breath out as deeply as you can (if this makes you dizzy, just do what you can comfortably do)

- cough ten times

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