10 Ways to Keep a Surrogate from Going Insane While on Bed-Rest

So you’ve been matched, surrogate contracts are done, and medical screenings are passed. Next comes the embryo transfer! Many fertility clinics require surrogates to stay on bed rest for 24-48 hours after the transfer to help keep that little embryo safely intact. Or you are already pregnant but need to rest for medical reasons. “Yay!!” you think, “I will be FORCED to relax and take it easy…this will be great.” And it will, but after that first hour of checking your Facebook and email…then what? Here are 10 ideas on how to keep yourself entertained while on bed rest.


 1) Netflix

Are you a fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S? Every season is now available on Netflix! Other full series also available are The Walking Dead (if you’re into the zombie thing), Dr. Who, and Mad Men.  If you’ve been living under a rock you can join the obsession with Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Sons of Anarchy!

2) Skype
If you have friends that live in another state or country, Skype can be a true friendship saver! If you know you’re going to be stuck in bed for a while, book a few Skype dates with loved ones who are far away. Take the time to catch up, joke, and really just enjoy how funny you look talking on a webcam while lying down.

3) Food Delivery Apps
Pizza’s nice and all, but I’m not always in the mood for a pie. (Though sometimes it really hits the spot.) There are a few apps available for your smart phone or iPad that allow you to order food from local restaurants and have it delivered right to your house! A quick trip to answer the door, and then back in bed with a yummy plate of Indian food! Yum.

-Eat24: This app allows you to enter your address and then shows you all the places around you that deliver. You can even place your order through the app, pay, and have it show up to your front door!

-GrubHub: This is another similar app and will deliver food to your house as well. Both have great reviews.

4) Crafts
Arrange a box of supplies, and photos for some scrapbooking and keep it by the bed. You could also try knitting, coloring (because who doesn’t love the smell of Crayola Crayons?!) jewelry making, or zentangle. If you are not the crafting type, continue to number five.

5) Read a Book
Reading is a great way to escape the confines of your bed/couch/etc without actually leaving. If you are looking for a new book or series to read, here is the link to the current NY Times best seller list:


6) Card Games

Solitaire anyone? If you’re by yourself you can venture to play Solitaire. If you have someone with you, here is a link to card games you can play with two people!


7) Games on iPad or Smart Phone
A sure fire way to pass time on your phone is with these awesome games and apps!

-Pinterest: Spend hours browsing recipes and photography tips on this app. Its a great way to organize articles you love or tips and tricks for your home.

-Candy Crush: Some people that LOVE this game, and some people despise it. Either way it can pass the time (and drain your battery so better plug in.)

-Scrabble and Wordsearch: These apps are actually free to download if you don’t mind the occasional pop up ad.

8) Treat Yourself
Laying in bed might seem uninteresting and boring, so buy yourself a few small treats that you won't indulge in until you are in bed.

– Thick fuzzy crazy colored socks
– A bag of Ghiradelli chocolate
– New lip gloss
– Scented lotion
– New Comfy fuzzy pajamas just for this occasion

9) Nap
Well you’re laying there, you might as well take a nap! We’re all mothers here, isn’t sleep deprivation kind of a staple anyways? Sleep woman!

10) Amazon Shopping
Ok this one can get a little “dangerous” but why not buy yourself some fun things from Amazon?! Treat yourself to a little gift, because you are doing an amazing thing and you deserve a little reward for yourself.

Regardless of what you do, make sure you rest up and make yourself happy. If all else fails, you can reach out to one of your surro sisters online.

While these are only a few suggestions, how do you keep from going insane when you’re on bed rest? Let us know!

Excerpts from Corinne Oestreich



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