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Pampered Chef: Personal Doctor put me on bedrest :(

  1. starrmarie

    starrmarie Member

    Last monday I went to my pregnancy check-up and the doctor put me on bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy. I had extremely high blood pressure and protein in my urine. At my next appt. my blood pressure was a bit lower and no protein, so that was better but he still wants me on bedrest. I am so bored!!! And bedrest is pretty much impossible with a 2 year old! lol I still have 3 weeks left before my due date, but I'm hoping to go into labor at least a week early. Anyone else put on bedrest during pregnancy, and how did you pass the time? and take care of your other children?
    Nov 10, 2009
  2. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

    So sorry!! I have one that just turned two at the end of Oct. I can't imagine being on bed rest home alone all day with her! You might have to resort to lots & lots of Disney Videos over the next 3 weeks. I like to do digital scrapbooking, so that's probably what I'd be doing to help fill some of the hours on bed rest!

    Here are some other ideas to help pass the time AND build your business:
    • Re-do all the Pampered Chef training videos
    • Watch all the Pampered Chef YouTube videos
    • Build up your recipe files
    • Spend more time calling your customers and re-connecting. Ask them:
      • how they like their products
      • if they need recipe ideas
      • if they would like to hold a Catalog Show while you are out of service
      • if they would like to hold a Cooking Show after you are back
    • Establish a Mystery Host Show to help meet your SAT goals while you are on bed rest & the beginning of Maternity Leave.
    Nov 10, 2009
  3. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Ughhh! I feel your pain!

    I had to be on bedrest for most of the last 3 months of my pregnancy. I was actually happy when I went into labor at 35 weeks, and my Dr. said I could have the baby.

    I read (did a lot of reading) and used the phone, organized recipes, watched old movies...but I didn't have a toddler. That's a whole new ballgame then!
    Nov 10, 2009
  4. AJPratt

    AJPratt Legend Member Silver Member

    I didn't have a toddler at the time, but I would say that I had some visits from friends that helped me through. I didn't even know about FB at the time, so that would have been a big help for me.

    You mentioned your blood pressure. I would suggest checking out Preeclampsia Foundation | Home to keep you informed. I don't want alarm you, but if you develop a pain, under your ribs on the right side, go to the hospital. It could be HELLP Syndrome which can come from Preeclampsia. I really don't want to alarm you, but I wish someone had told me. I could have avoided a lot of problems.
    Nov 10, 2009
  5. mountainmama74

    mountainmama74 Advanced Member Gold Member

    I was on bedrest for the last two months of my 2nd pregnancy - my son was a little over 2 at the time, so it was definitely a challenge! I feel your pain! Do you have anyone who can help you with your 2 year old? I like the list Sheila gave - don't let this put a damper on your business! Use it to build!
  6. Porchechef

    Porchechef Member

    I was on bedrest for 6 weeks- it was the worst time of my life I felt LOL. But totally WORTH it after I had my son. He's now 6 months old. Try to have your friends/family to help out with your toddler. I had a friend who let her toddler stay at her parents' house for like a week and that helped her rest when she was on bedrest. LOTS of movies!

    I do understand your pain. Yes, be careful with preclampsia! I actually developed preclampsia when I was in labor. It was HORRIBLE but I was able to deliver vaginally. I was very close to having a c-section. Your dr knows what he/she is doing. Bedrest helps to keep your blood pressure in check until labor. Do look at the website that was recommended earlier and you'll do great!
    Nov 10, 2009
  7. beckyjsmith

    beckyjsmith Member

    I was on bedrest for 12 weeks with the twins.. strict, no getting up to do anything but pee or take a shower. My cervix was 90% effaced. It was a scary time.
    I had a 10 year old and a 12 month old at the time, and grandparents, neighbors, coworkers and friends had to help me do everything. My coworkers set up a cooking rotation so we didn't have to worry about a hot meal in the evening. My husband travels, although he modified his schedule as much as possible to be home. My mother in law took Macy to the sitter for me each morning and brought her home in the afternoons, and my neighbor took John to and from school for me. It was rough but so so worth it.
    I spent a lot of time chatting online, reading and sleeping. You have some great suggestions already. Good luck and when you look back it will have been worth it!
    Nov 10, 2009
  8. I am feeling your pain. I have a little over 3 weeks left and the doctor threatens bed rest every time I go. 2xs a week, because my blood pressure is up and a bit of protein, but the swelling is so extreme! I can not even believe it. I would definitely work on getting a few catalog shows, that is what I am doing. I do not want to commit to a cooking show and then end up stuck on Thursday. I have 2 catalog shows with people wanting to get stuff for Christmas presents.
    Nov 10, 2009
  9. starrmarie

    starrmarie Member


    I had an appt. today and he asked me about this. I did have a couple times yesterday where I had a sharp stabbing pain under my ribs on the right side, I told the doctor about it and he didn't say anything. Was your pain constant or was it a stabbing pain and then gone? I know the doctor is concerned, he is having me come in every 3-4 days. Today my blood pressure was high and I had 1+ protein. I love my doc. but I wish he would talk to me more. I just don't know all the questions I should ask. I know he probably just doesnt want to concern me, but not knowing what can happen, or what the plan is (besides bedrest) is killing me. Maybe bedrest is the only plan until I have more symptoms??? He has never even told me that I have preeclampsia, I just know about it from looking up my symptoms. Does this mean I don't have it because I don't have ALL of the symptoms? I have high blood pressure, protein in my urine, headaches, see spots sometimes, high pulse sometimes, and tight chest/feel like I can't catch my breath sometimes. I know I need to ask more questions! Why can't I get it together when I am in the office???:yuck:
    Nov 11, 2009
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