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Pregnant women

An admission during pregnancy, particularly for bed rest, brings many challenges. Occupational therapists assist women experiencing conditions such as placenta praevia, vasa praevia, threatened premature labour and premature rupture of membranes to develop support strategies for themselves during this time, enabling:

  • sleep—an important activity that we do every day, however many pregnant women have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep, even though they feel very tired. An occupational therapist can assist you develop strategies to help improve your sleep.
  • a helpful, efficient environment—there is no place like home, however if you are going to be in hospital for a while, setting up your room to feel more functional, comfortable and homely may increase your independence and help reduce homesickness. Your occupational therapist can assist you with adapting your environment to best support your participation in everyday tasks.
  • a positive flow to the day to counteract boredom—Spending nearly all day on bed rest can change your usual balance of everyday activities (from some work, some rest and some play) to rest, rest, and more rest. Boredom, even for a short time, can become stressful to some women. An occupational therapist can work with you to identify better ways to counteract boredom and have a sense of achievement.
  • management of difficult thoughts and emotions that you may experience during a period of bed rest—while this range of feelings is normal, and expected, knowing how to cope with these feelings and the new situation you find yourself in is not always easy. Your occupational therapist can help you understand your needs, thoughts and feelings and develop a positive coping plan.
  • relaxation and coping with anxiety and worry—An occupational therapist can teach a range of relaxation techniques including body scan, breathing techniques, imagery, meditation and more... depending on your condition.
  • connection with valued activities and roles—A hospital admission can lead to a feeling of disconnection from your usual life tasks such as work, parenting, running your home. An occupational therapist can help you develop ways to ‘stay in touch’ with these during your time in hospital.
  • Management of procedural anxiety e.g. needle phobia. Many people don’t like needles or being in confined spaces, but some people find them much harder to cope with than others. Your occupational therapist can assist by teaching relaxation techniques to help manage these difficult…but often very necessary procedures.
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