How to Assemble a Care Package for an Expectant Mother on Bed Rest

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For an expectant mother on medically indicated bed rest, being forced to lie on the couch or bed for days—or even weeks—at a time can be extremely tedious. She can't get up to fix herself a bowl of ice cream, prepare the nursery, take care of last minute chores around the house (a.k.a. nesting) or even take time out to pamper herself with a manicure at the salon. As her good friend, one of the best things you can do for her is send her a care package to help keep her occupied while she rides out her time on bed rest.

Things You'll Need

  • Box
  • Packing tape
  • Packing paper or peanuts
  • Magazines
  • Snacks such as chocolate, trail mix or cookies
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Coloring books and games for older children
  • Greeting card
  • Pen
  • Make a list of your pregnant friend's favorite authors and magazines. Purchase several books that you know she hasn't read yet, as well as several magazines that she'll enjoy but doesn't currently subscribe to. Reading is a great way for her to pass the time.

  • Go to your local gourmet grocery store to stock up on tasty chocolates, fancy trail mixes and delicate cookies. This is your chance to really spoil your friend. Find out what she's been craving, and do everything in your power to give her goodies that will make her sigh with contentment.

  • Pick up a few new release DVDs that you know your pregnant friend hasn't seen yet, as well as a few of her favorite classics.

  • Select several "quiet toys" such as coloring books, board books and stuffed animals for your friend's older children (if she has them). Chances are, she'll appreciate any help she can get in keeping her little ones busy while she tries to rest.

  • Write a brief note on the greeting card to wish your friend, her family and the new baby well.

  • Pack all of the items in the box with care, then personally deliver or mail it to your friend.

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