Even before I had a cerclage placed, my perinatologist (also known as a MFM) asked me to go on complete pelvic rest to avoid anything that might irritate or infect the cervix/uterus. I’ve had both pPROM and early effacement along with preterm labor in 2 past pregnancies, so she decided to have me avoid anything that might cause trauma.
And I mean anything.
After going home and doing further research, I went back the next week armed with more specific questions.
- Could I lift things? How much?
- Could my husband and I be intimate at all?
- Was I able to exercise? How often and what kinds?
All these and more were answered so I knew just what to expect from myself and how to ask others to help me in the months to come.
Read on to learn 6 things you might expect if you’re placed on pelvic rest for pregnancy.
1. Let’s not get it on
Pelvic rest is all about keeping things *out* of your vagina, and so sex (or anything like that) is out of the question. After that, it’s time to get creative.
2. Don’t keep swimming
Along with baths, pool time is also out for most of us. Again, water can seep in and the amount of chemicals (and goodness knows what else) is a huge factor for keeping things safe down there.
3. Kiss the bathtub goodbye
The majority of women placed on pelvic rest are told to avoid any thing that could cause infection inside the vagina. This includes baths since the water can get in. So those long soaks to ease aching muscles? Over.
4. Bend at the knees
Ask your doctor what “no lifting” means in terms of weight. For me? It’s nothing heavier than a newborn or laundry basket to avoid putting any more pressure on my uterus. Thankfully Bella is at an age I don’t have to pick her up for much anymore – but a year ago when she was 2? This would have been much tougher to follow through on.
5. Fit as a … donut
Sorry power walkers and cardio lovers. If you’ve been placed on complete pelvic rest, your doctor has probably told you to minimize all activity as much as possible. This includes lots of walking and (for me) any other form of exercise: except stretching/gentle yoga.
6. Put your feet up
Although I’m not on bed rest, many women who have pelvic rest recommended can end up here. If you aren’t – relax as much as you can anyway.
This post is not intended to provide or be substituted for medical advice. Always consult your doctor with any questions about your pregnancy.