Q: Are there any safe exercises I can do while on bedrest?
A: Yes, you can work with your doctor and a physical therapist to develop an exercise plan. Keep in mind, however, that this is not the time for aerobic workouts or muscle strengthening. The goal of exercise while on bed rest is to minimize the risk of developing blood clots in your extremities.
Physical therapist Cam Lippincott, director of rehabilitation medicine at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., suggests that women on bed rest do range-of-motion exercises (moving each joint as far as it can go in every direction) for their ankles, knees, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
I also suggest that you visit www.sidelines.org, which provides support to expectant mothers on bed rest.