What does bed rest really mean?
A. At its simplest, bed rest may mean just staying off your feet as much as possible by reducing your work schedule, say, or by not driving. Or, you may be put on modified bed rest, where you'll be told to lie down, in bed or on the couch, getting up only to shower and use the bathroom. Strict bed rest means no getting up for any reason, so get acquainted with sponge baths and bedpans. And if your doctor is particularly worried, or wants to closely monitor you, he'll ask you to check into the hospital.