Bedrest and Children

Mamas on Bedrest: “Wherever I Am, I Will Love You Still”-A Book Review

October 25th, 2013

13473959522301251787406Bedrest is hard not only on mamas, but on entire families! No one is more upset and confused by bed rest than young children of Mamas on Bedrest. So I am thrilled to share with you, “Wherever I Am, I Will Love You Still”, by our own community member Rachel Blumenthal. Rachel spent roughly 20 weeks on hospital bed rest while pregnant with her daughter and had a young son at home. This book is a look at the bed rest experience through her son’s eyes.

I love having resources for explaining difficult things to our children. When I was pregnant with my son my daughter was 3 and I was prescribed “modified activity”. (I was actually prescribed bed rest, but since my husband was out of town most of the time and we had no family or other help, I bartered with my OB to rest as much as possible, but to be able to take my daughter back and forth to pre-school and to care for her when she came home.)  At first, she was excited when she learned that mommy had a baby in her tummy. But the excitement soon wore off as I got bigger and bigger and able to do less and less. One night when I simply couldn’t give her a bath and had to stand her in our master shower to bathe her she begrudgingly asked, “Mommy, when will you be done with this baby!?”

While Rachel’s son was far more tactful (at least in this story), it is sweet to see the things that were important to him and what made the bed rest journey bearable for him. This is a darling little book with sweet pictures and subtle details that really give parents a look at what a child thinks about this “bed rest thing”. While this book is written for children, I think every parent should take a good hard look at it (i.e. read and really think about it other than when reading it to your child!) and see what this experience really is like for a child. Rachel and her family really went the distance to make things flow for her son. I highly recommend utilizing some of her ideas for her son for your own children.

We can all attest to the reality that bed rest is a beast. It’s hard work and as much of an emotional toil as it is a physical struggle. I am really grateful for this book that comes from a mama who endured the struggle and now shares her wisdom “on the other side.” We need more voices sharing about the bed rest experience. Please support Rachel in the purchase of this book (available at Rocket Science Productions Launch Pad or at Amazon.com)

Rachel also wrote “One Recumbant Mommy” her personal journey through hospital bed rest. Look for this book review soon!