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Women's Experience of Hospitalized Bed Rest During High-Risk Pregnancy

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  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.

ABSTRACT

Objective

To describe the lived experience of the hospitalized pregnant woman on bed rest.

Design

A qualitative, phenomenological design.

Setting

Three high-risk antepartum units in the midwestern United States.

Participants

A self-selected, convenience sample of 11 high-risk pregnant women.

Method

Phenomenological study using thematic analysis of completed handwritten journals and/or online blogs.

Results

Women described the battles that they fought each day for the lives of their unborn children. Using an imagery of war, three categories emerged: (a) the war within, (b) fighting each battle, and (c) bringing in reinforcements.

Conclusions

Women experience many different emotions and stressors during restricted bed rest. A nurse's understanding of this experience is essential to provide adequate care and coping strategies for women at this time.

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