Although your doctor may prescribe bed rest for pregnancy complications, restricting activity may itself lead to problems. Following are some of the more common ones:
muscle and joint pain
muscle weakness and a lack of energy.
Less commonly, blood clots can form in the deep veins of the legs, so it's important to exercise your leg muscles to keep blood moving. Your doctor can recommend some safe exercises to practice in bed.
There are also things you can do to manage other complications of bed rest. For example, eating a well-balanced diet can help prevent constipation. If constipation becomes a problem, your doctor may recommend a laxative or stool softener. A physical therapist or massage therapist may be able to help you deal with musculoskeletal pain or weakness. Be sure to check with your health care provider before taking any medication or undergoing any therapy.
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