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I could've been your friend in the hospital. That was me to a tee! Here's what you bring: Anything from home that she needs or wants. Ask if she'd like someone to drop by her house and pick up a few things, maybe water her plants or feed her pets too if no one is home to do it. Her favorite home cooked or takeout food. Hospital food is good for you but wow does it taste terrible. Save her from having to eat it three times every day for weeks. You could literally be saving her sanity. Hobbies that don't require much effort, to keep her from being bored, but not too strenuous for a bedridden person. Video games, books, knitting, coloring books, movies, that sort of thing. Cozy sweaters or blankets. Soft, warm slippers. The nurses will encourage her to get out of bed occasionally and walk, so that she doesn't atrophy and get blood clots, and walking in hospitals can be a little chilly. Compression socks. They become necessary when you're pregnant, bloated, but lying in bed most of the day. The socks will force the pooled fluids to be redistributed through the other parts of the body. Baby shower! Has she had one? It might help lift her spirits and also get things ready for the preemie baby. I had wanted one, but didn't get to have one arranged due to the hospitalization. The nurses threw me a surprise one in the hospital. Having been cooped up in this sterile environment, isolated, stuck to tubes and machines, it helped so much to see all my friends, socializing, having fun, playing baby shower games. Really. Maybe ask her if she'd like a baby shower, but I can't stress enough how much good a baby shower in hospital did. Being hospitalized feels like being trapped or imprisoned in a cheap hotel. You have a basic room with a basic adjustable bed and TV, room service brings meals from its loveless kitchen three times a day, and all your basic comforts are a call button away, but the place is drab, maybe even depressing, it never changes, it's lonely, the staff comes in frequently to invade your privacy and to poke and prod you, and worst of all you're not allowed to leave. You get claustrophobic, stir crazy. Anything to give a patient a taste of home, of their life outside those walls, any treats from outside the hospital will go a long way.