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I had to take bed rest against my wishes

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th March 2009 03:00 AM

WITH every passing day, I feel the weight of the baby more and more. My only consolation is the doctor said since I am a light bodied person; I’m bound to feel every single weight of the baby. But I’m not complaining, it is a sign that the baby is gro

WITH every passing day, I feel the weight of the baby more and more. My only consolation is the doctor said since I am a light bodied person; I’m bound to feel every single weight of the baby. But I’m not complaining, it is a sign that the baby is growing.

This week I suffered on and off abdominal pains. Not knowing what contractions were, the thought crossed my mind that I might be going into labour. My mind was racing to what do I do, whom do I call?

Then I remembered my ‘waters’ had to break first before the baby could come. I waited for the ‘waters’ to break, but in vain and the pain also disappeared.

The doctor cautioned me against working too much and recommended I take bed rest immediately. My first thought was, can I handle lying down doing nothing? So on day one, I continued with my work and I paid for it with a lot of pain.

The next day, I took my bed rest without any arguments.
Uh, what a blessing bed rest was! I was waited upon hand and foot and I ate first-class meals courtesy of my husband. I also managed to prepare for the baby’s arrival. I packed a suitcase and picked out towels and clothes I’d take to hospital.

I talked to a young mother, who has a healthy baby, yet she had not received any antenatal care during pregnancy, and her baby was first vaccinated at three months when she came to town from the village and saw a doctor. Her story made me thankful that I can see a doctor whenever I feel any pain.

I had to take bed rest against my wishes

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