Do I Trust My Doctor?
The bottom line is that if you trust your doctor and she recommends bed rest, you should follow the prescription. After all, prematurity poses serious risk to the baby -- respiratory ailments, bleeding in the brain, and problems with the heart, intestines, or eyes, plus an increased risk of mortality. And once preterm labor begins, it can be difficult to stop.
But if your lifestyle simply doesn't allow for bed rest, or you have trouble believing it is really warranted, get a second opinion. "It's hard for doctors to say, 'I don't know,'" says Dr. Riley. "You want to feel as though you can help somebody." (Some doctors may prescribe bed rest just to make you feel better, she says, not because they know it will help.)
Armed with the facts, you can make an informed decision. If you decide bed rest is best, you may find that doing nothing was the hardest -- and yet most important -- thing you've ever done. Stay positive: Before you know it, you'll be counting toes and staring into baby's perfect eyes. And you'll be so tired, you'll wish you could just lie around in bed again.