Bed Rest Survival Guide / How to get by when you can’t get up and about
October 2, 2014
While resting sounds nice in theory, you’ve got way too much to do before junior arrives to be propped up on pillows all day. But staying put (and staying sane) is best for you and for baby, so we corralled Melissa Espey-Mueller and Kiesha Baker, both of North Dallas Doula Associates, along with Stephanie D. Johnson, founder and CEO of Bed Rest Concierge, to steal their secrets for surviving confinement. Here’s their how-to manual in a nutshell:
1. Pamper yourself. Keep up your beauty routines to feel fabulous for your next Netflix binge. And being good to yourself can be good for you: Baker says that high blood pressure is the No. 1 reason her clients go on bed rest, but an in-home massage from a prenatal massage therapist can lower your blood pressure and do wonders for your mood.
2. Find ways to communicate. If you’re stuck at the hospital, employ Skype or FaceTime to stay in touch with friends and family. If you’re stuck in your bed upstairs, keep a walkie-talkie or baby monitor with you so you can give orders from afar.
3. Reach out. “You can only watch so much Lifetime,” Baker jokes. In between consuming 28 parenting books and ten seasons of Grey’s, schedule visits from your favorite people. You’ll appreciate the company, and they’ll appreciate the chance to spend time with you before baby arrives. Espey-Mueller also suggests finding an online community of bed-resting moms to share your questions and experiences.
4. Outsource. Enlisting others to do the heavy lifting is not just doctor’s orders, but also the only way to get things done. Local moms have options:
Bed Rest Concierge. BRC (972/302-2827; 855/328-REST (7378) bedrestconcierge.net) can do just about anything — nursery design, laundry, birth announcements — but moms particularly appreciate the mobile spa services (“Who doesn’t want a little glamor during bed rest?” quips Johnson). BRC gives you the option to pay a monthly fee for access to all of their services, or you can order up a manicure or facial as needed.
Personal shoppers. All Dallas-area Whole Foods locations (wholefoods.com) offer a concierge service to do the grocery shopping for you. With 24 hours notice, the concierge team will shop to your specifications and deliver the goods to your door. Online services like Artizone (artizone.com/dallas) and Greenling (greenling.com) will also grab grub from local farms and restaurants to leave on your doorstep.
Antepartum doulas. Some doulas specialize in taking care of mom pre-baby; North Dallas Doula Associates (northdallasdoulas.com) provides antepartum assistance in addition to birth and postpartum services.
5. Learn something new. The Internet has more online tutorials and classes than you can wade through in a decade of bed rests (no thanks), including childbirth classes. Espey-Mueller recommends the online childbirth class available through local Baylor hospitals; enroll at baylorhealth.com.
6. Get ready for baby. Take advantage of your free time to cross items off your to-do list: address your baby announcements, pick out a stroller and car seat, decide on The Name, start your baby book, order the finishing touches for the nursery, even coordinate with your church or neighbors to schedule meal delivery postpartum.
7. Don’t be a rebel. “Follow the rules and listen,” Baker emphasizes. “Stay. On. Bed. Rest. That’s how you’re taking care of your baby.”
Master Your Mingle-Ability – 5 Creative Ways to Build Your Network
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
An extensive network is vital to your success as an entrepreneur. Thanks to social media, the process of meeting potential clients and customers has evolved. Often people believe networking is a law of large numbers — if you put yourself in a lot of places you increase your chances of building your business and your reputation. There are less traditional, yet more effective ways, to stand out from the crowd.
Stephanie will show and demonstrate five creative twists on networking.
These techniques can be especially effective for entrepreneurs who may find traditional networking daunting. Networking is a way to put yourself on the map with people. It’s not about selling, but rather initiating and facilitating conversations that add value for everyone involved.
It baffles my husband that I go to CVS 4 to 5 times a week and spend on average 1 hour doing absolutely nothing. Simply put, CVS is my happy place. I can lose myself in the aisles, I stop by the cooler and pick out an ice cream that I eat while reading magazines, cruising the seasonal product displays, talking to the photo technicians, oh yes I lose myself in this store. Don’t get me wrong, I am a professional shopper, I love Hermes, Nordstrom, Target, Michael’s (Harlow’s Happy Place…that’s another Blog) Whole Foods you name it, I am in some kind of retail outlet daily, but none bring me bliss, peace and a sense that I am a million miles away from my life like my beloved CVS.
Two years ago during my bed rest journey CVS became a major part of my survival. During one of my last hospital stays which was the longest and most difficult, I fell in deeply love with CVS. I was in the penthouse suite (the nurses fought for me to get this maternity room) corner suite, great view from a very large window, extra seating area, end of the hall, lots and lots of privacy, it was great and depressing. Confinement of a healthy woman, a woman who is not sick, a woman who’s only physical issue is that for some reason pregnancy is difficult, is in a nutshell torture. Day after day I would sit in my room, watching the cars go by, looking at the beautiful sky and sunny days that I couldn’t enjoy, and looking across the street at my beacon of hope, bright red letters CVS screaming my name. I would think about all the aisles in the store, the peanut butter filled pretzels that I loved, the endless nail polish colors that you can try on in the store, all of the candy that sits under the register and the magazines that I would read while standing in the longest lines ever, behind shoppers looking for coupons or signing up for an Extra Care Savings Card. I would have given anything to stand in that line. That became my dream. I would dream about having a healthy happy newborn baby, and shopping in CVS. It sounds simple and ridiculous to people who haven’t experienced bed rest during pregnancy. I dreamed that I would break out of the hospital shop CVS and return with all kinds of goodies for my hospital room, without anyone ever knowing. CVS became my happy place, my goal, I knew that I would get out of that hospital one day and my life would be “normal.”
Anytime my world gets busy, my daughter has a case of the Terrific 2′s of if I just need time to myself to think, I find solace in CVS. I like walking in and the clerks know my name, I feel like Norm on Cheers, I love the sales on seasonal items, I love the candles that I smell over and over and never buy, I like picking up cards for my niece because she still loves to receive a piece of mail sent from Texas. Resting Mommies have to find something that they can hold on to, and make small goals and know that once bed rest is over there is an amazing baby and life waiting for you.
- Dedicated to Resting Mommy Jessica D. expecting a beautiful daughter in October 2013, this is her 2nd bed rest pregnancy #Superwoman
by Abby Gregory
on July 31, 2013 features
DFW Style Daily
Turning her challenging journey to motherhood into entrepreneurial success,Dallasite Stephanie D. Johnson is reinventing the experience of becoming a new mom. Johnson, founder of Bed Rest Concierge, discovered her professional passion during her own pregnancy. Today, she’s on a mission to make a difference in the lives of families and expectant women.
Dubbed the “celebrity maternity concierge” thanks to buzz-worthy media coverage from the likes of The Huffington Post and The Bethenny Frankel Talk Show, mothers coast-to-coast are now devoted to Johnson’s personalized services. Of course, we at DFW Style Daily wanted to know what fascinating fixations Johnson herself might be keeping confidential. In this week’s edition of Obsession Confession, find out what the CEO, speaker, author, and mom, is hot on this summer. Click here to read more Obsession Confessions!
The Obsession: Even late summer weather can’t curb Johnson’s addiction to haute leather.
The Confession: “I live in Texas, but I refuse to give up my leather no matter the season,” Johnson gushed, admitting that Diane von Furstenberg’s versatile, adjustable pencil skirt (below) is her favorite summer find.
The Rationalization: The expert underscored her commitment to the needs of new moms, explaining, “It’s my #MommySwag must-have for women seeking to get their sexy back after baby! This skirt is chic, transitions easily from day to night, and makes a great swap for maternity pants.”
The Collection: Rounding out her sleek selection, Johnson added, “For spring, I also always have my leather shirt dresses ready to go.” Not to mention, nonstop travel for her company and its clients provides the perfect excuse to stock up on leather pants and blazers, too.
Shop It: To steal Johnson’s signature look, seek out DVF’s sexy skirt ($329) at the label’s boutique inHighland Park Village. Prefer animal-friendly options? Check out Piperlime’s vegan leather pieces by Tinley Road (top, $64; dress, $55; skirt, $79, above).
Photo credits, from top: 1. Stephanie D. Johnson, 2. Nordstrom.com, 3. Piperlime.com.
Flynn’s Mom – Miranda Kerr showing her #MommySwag]]>
While all businesses work hard to try to stand out from the crowd, some don’t require quite so much effort. While they often have more a limited market for their products or services, unusual businesses have an advantage over others in that most consumers can’t look elsewhere for what they offer. From a company that specializes in all things miniature to an online business that sends out personalized handwritten thank-you notes for consumers, here are 10 unique businesses you probably never knew existed.
She’s really a mother….The rest of us have some work to do.