Being a patient in the Antepartum Unit (specialized care for high-risk pregnancies) is not what you had in mind when you found out you were expecting. No matter what anyone says, lying in a hospital bed day after day is definitely NOT 'the best thing ever.' In fact, it totally sucks. To stay busy and upbeat, you've tried everything from your 'How to Survive Bed Rest' list, but you just feel exhausted, moody and anxious.
Well guess what? You're NOT alone! Thousands of women each year are hospitalized for high-risk pregnancies and are experiencing those same feelings. I was one of them!
So, crack the cover and let's commiserate. I'll share a few of my funny, stressful and not-so-dignifying moments while lying in that bed. You can laugh, cry and then nod in agreement that there is nothing relaxing or restful about hospital bed rest.
JoSue Rudd spent 71 days in the hospital while pregnant with her B/B/G triplets. She was admitted at 23 weeks and 1 day. The triplets were born at 32 weeks and 5 days. Three of those 71 days were spent in the postpartum unit and the triplets spent a little over four weeks in the NICU.
She grew up in Southeastern Idaho and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's of Science in Health and Wellness. She currently lives in Midland, MI with her husband and triplets while working as a Certified Pediatric Sleep Coach.