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Bed rest is one of the most difficult therapies. . . .[This book] is a gift to those under such circumstance. -- Robert N. Wolfson, M.D.,Ph.D., perinatologist

Packed with practical pointers and encouraging stories. . . . This indispensable book offers immediate relief from the restlessness of bed rest. -- Sharon Withers, managing editor, TWINS Magazine

Practical and comprehensive, provid[ing] an expectant mother with everything she needs to follow doctor's orders. . . . [T]he perfect bedside companion. -- Carol Cirulli Lanham, author of PREGNANCY AFTER A LOSS

Supportive, hopeful, well researched, and written in a friendly style. . . . [S]ure to become a cherished companion of many expectant mothers. -- Elizabeth Pector, M.D., F.A.A.P., family physician and bed-rest veteran

This is a necessary book for any expectant mother who may spend four days or four months in bed. -- Tracy Hoogenboom, director, Sidelines National Support Network

From the Author

During my eighteenth week of pregnancy with my first son, my OB prescribed bed rest for unexplained bleeding. I quickly learned that lying low was not nearly as easy as it sounded. I hated feeling like I had no control over my life, and I didn't like relying on others to take care of my family, my home, my work, and me. I felt angry, frustrated, and sad.

THE PREGNANCY BED REST BOOK is the guide I wished I'd had during my two high-risk pregnancies. It is full of practical ideas for coping with bed rest, and it includes many hopeful stories from mothers (and fathers) who have been there. Because I know how difficult it is to find information while on bed rest, I've included lists of helpful resources and suggestions for further reading throughout the book.My hope is that this book will be a guiding light for women and their families facing a bed-rest pregnancy, providing them with direction, comfort, and encouragement.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425181669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425181669
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend it to all moms on bed rest!
"nsveeneman"
It's very short, and after reading it, which took a couple of hours at most, I felt like I didn't have enough information.
Margaret
It is also a very easy and enjoyable book to read.
Kelly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on August 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read every bed rest book I could find. This is not the best. The author has attempted to write a comprehensive book, and does a good job, just not great. There are better. It's very short, and after reading it, which took a couple of hours at most, I felt like I didn't have enough information. I wish the author would have had more experience with extended hospital bed rest. That would have been beneficial.
**Recommended reading: "Days In Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest" by Mary Ann McCann, newer edition
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in preparation for my third bed rest. I have logged over 42 weeks of bed rest to bring my first two children to a safe date to be born. Each day I learned something new while on bed rest. After reading this book, I learned even more.
The author's lists of resources following each chapter and in the back of the book are wonderful -- they open up a whole world to visit from bed. The parents' personal stories are supportive and inspirational. My friends were
clueless about what I was going through during my high-risk pregnancies, and they were always saying the wrong things. It helps immensely to hear from those who have "been there, done that."
Also, I love that the author created a yahoo email list "bedrestbookbuddies" so that the readers of this book can get updated information as well as support from each other.
This would make a great gift for a friend or family member on bedrest, but read it yourself first -- your understanding is the best gift you can give a mom on bedrest.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Daniels-Campbell on January 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Every year many pregnant women are forced to take to their beds in order to save the lives of their unborn children. The physical and emotional difficulty of bed rest is often underestimated by anyone who has not actually experienced it - including the professionals who prescribe it. In fact, many people think the idea of staying in bed sounds positively blissful; they fail to understand the enormous stresses and obstacles this predicament can place on a mother-to-be and her family.
In her new book, The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book: A Survival Guide for Expectant Mothers and Their Families, author Amy E. Tracy presents the truth about lying in bed to await the birth of a child. The book -the first of its kind-grew out of Ms. Tracy's personal experiences as a mother waiting in bed for the arrival of her two children. Her book is filled with practical solutions to problems faced by those families who are forced to accept that a primary caregiver has suddenly become an invalid.
Ms. Tracy has created a comprehensive list of valuable and diverse tips on surviving this difficult time. Her tone is positive, understanding, affirming, and supportive, and she empowers the reader with ideas such as how to tell her employer that she will be away from work. Her book carefully explains every consideration necessary to survive bed rest and reassures mothers and their families. Without becoming banal, Ms. Tracy shares vital explanations in mother-friendly language. Its format is easy to read, and its reassuring manner makes The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book the perfect bedside companion. It truly is the definitive survival guide for expectant mothers on bed rest and for their families, and should be included with every physician's prescription for bed rest. This book is endorsed by thepreemieplace.org
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was already on bed rest for three weeks when my husband purchased this book for me. This book not only validates your feelings (i.e., Why me?), but can help any family members who read it to understand them as well. My other children are 12 and 14, and had taking care of Mom had become very old very fast, but after reading this book, they realized how I felt about having to rely on others so much, and more importantly, they realized they weren't taking care of Mom so much as taking care of the baby brother they both wanted so desperately! Their attitudes changed 100 percent!
One of my favorite features of this book is that the author ends each chapter with a list of resources. Everything from books to websites to phone numbers for support groups is included. A most important feature of this book is that it clearly explains, often through stories shared by others who have been through this experience, WHY it is so important to do as the doctor suggested, and stay off your feet. She also includes a very handy checklist in the book to take to the doctor's office so the doctor can check off EXACTLY what you can and cannot do. I liked this feature because my doctor had told me to stay off my feet--but did that mean complete bed rest? Could I get up to fix meals? Could I go for outings in a wheelchair, etc?
I still have almost eleven weeks of bed rest left to go, but it is somewhat more bearable thanks to this book. I have also ordered several of the other books reccommended by this author from the library. At least I will be using my 'horizontal time' constructively!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on February 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a *wonderful* book for any pregnant mother who is dealing with bed rest! The author is a veteran of two complicated pregnancies involving extended bed rest and she has put together an amazing amount of information and resources in this book. I wish I'd had this book for my first two pregnancies and am SO GLAD to have it for my third!
The author includes a huge amount of information and practical suggestions for coping with bed rest. She gives great suggestions on how to get the help a bed rest mom will need and where to find the resources that might be available to help these mothers and their families. She also discusses in great detail both hospital bed rest and bed rest in the home.
There is also a fantastic section on coping with bed rest when one already has other children [and how to help the children cope!], as well as a great section on fathers.
I would recommend this book to any mother facing bed rest in her pregnancy - whether this is her first pregnancy or her fifth! This book is just overflowing with great information and is very encouraging and helpful. It is also a very easy and enjoyable book to read. It is very well written and worth every cent!
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