Bed rest is dreaded by many pregnant women out there. The idea of staying in bed all day, every day is daunting and horrifying. Women have a natural tendency to keep moving. Or maybe that is just me? But, when I am pregnant (and always for that matter), I am on the go. Laundry in the washer, dishes in the dishwasher, cleaning toilets while they are running, dropping children at preschool, making lunches and maybe grabbing a bite to eat in the cloud of to-do lists. Bed rest seems like an absolute hassle, especially if you already have children. It seems nearly impossible. But for some, bed rest is absolutely necessary to ensure a healthy Mom and baby. Therefore, if your doctor has prescribed bed rest due to high blood pressure, early contractions or any other reason, hop in your bed and keep your mind focused and content. The best way to do this is to snuggle up with a good book! There are many fun and silly pregnancy books out there that will make you giggle. And then, when you want to forget about the bulge in your belly and the pressure on your pelvis, open up a good old fashioned novel to escape.
Below are the best books to read while on bed rest:
1.The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine.
This book, written by Vicki Iovine is an honest and funny outlook on what it is really like to be pregnant. As opposed to What to Expect When Expecting, you get the details and answers on pregnancy from the viewpoint of someone just like you. Rather than hearing the word Mucus Plug, and never knowing what they really mean, Iovine will decsribe the ooey-gooey mess of each and every aspect of pregnany, just as a friend would. The books covers the hush-hush behind pregnancy and the details your doctor never seems to cover. You will giggle at every page and begin to forget how lonely and daunting bed rest is.
2. Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
Another book that will really get you laughing is Belly Laughs. The title pretty much says it all. You will laugh, your big, bulging belly off! In fact, this book reminds me somewhat of The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, in that is very candid and honest. She has no reserve when discussing her vagina and hormones, so much so that she will make you blush and the book will be tucked beneath your pillow like a dirty-little-pregnancy- secret. McCarthy tells it like it is and depicts her struggles and dreams while expecting.
3. Skinny Bitch Bun in The Oven by Rory Freedman and Kin Barnouin
Being on bed rest means that you are in the midst of either having your baby too soon or at risk that your baby or yourself could be harmed/unhealthy if you do not limit your activity. With that being said, the best way to take matters into your own hands is to ensure you are listening to your doctor and staying as healthy as possible. Your diet is an essential peice to ensuring this. This book informs mothers of what you should and should not be eating. harming yourself or your baby. The authors are blunt, informative and motivating. All in all, they are skinny bitches who can teach you a lot on how to eat healthy.
4. Any Novel by Nicholas Sparks.
In between pregnancy books, sore hips, swollen feet and kicks to the pelvis, I recommend reading a novel by Nicholas Sparks. They are romantic, tearful and sappy. Which is to say, all the lovey-mushy feelings you have during pregnancy can come pouring out with tears and smiles on every page. The Notebook is a classic book by him, but I enjoyed The Rescue and The Wedding most. If your bed rest is long and never-ending, I suggest reading as many novels by Nicholas Sparks as humanly possible.
This list of books will hopefully keep you laughing, smiling, and enjoying your time tucked beneath the covers. Try to keep your mind at ease, and your eyes on the prize. Enjoy the honest opinion of your girlfriend, the ridiculous moments of Jenny McCarthy, the love stories of Nicholas Sparks, and the in-your-face motivation of those skinny bitches.