This is my reply from another post:
But first - bed rest has alot of implications - blood clots, loss of muscle and fintess (important when you are expectecd to bounce out of bed and alook after a new born). The arches of my feet collapsed last time and I had to hobble for months, making excersize to regain health very hard. That said, I have a very healthy baby from it (now 19 months) and a am ACTUALLY waiting for the next baby to arrive (37weeks now, stitch out).
So you can ALWAYS do rest at home yourself and ask family for help. You are doing amazingly well already! 18 weeks! yah!
Ask family and friends with help for a few meals and cleaning. Or sit down preparing meals.
Do online shopping.
Set up a comfy station at home with phones, TV, DVD's, laptop, craft, books, mags to KEEP in you in bed.
Get carried away with a project - a photobook of your wedding>
Do what you can, and in my opinion - the less the better!
Good luck. It was hard being told to lay down to save baby, but I can imagine even harder when you haven't been!
I've been off bedrest for 3 days! yah.
After 15 weeks of strict bed rest in bed (22 weeks to 37 weeks).
Would have been in hospital but the hospitial here was too small.
I thought I would be off at 34 weeks, but the doctor said to keep doing it as it was working!
My cervix was 3.7cm at 18 weeks then 1.7cm at 21 weeks! and funnelled
Stitch in at 15 weeks and the cervic opened to stitch for the rest of the pregnancy and had flatten as well.
I guess this was the basis of the decision to keep bed rest (as 34 weeks is still very early).
Last pregnancy was emergency stitch at 20 weeks (cervix 9mm and funnelled) and strict bedrest is hospital for 8 weeks.
Then modified bed rest at home (rest when I could).
Waters broke at 34+5 weeks.
Before that waters broke at 20 weeks and he didn't live.
Which makes me throughly believe in bed rest.
This is your one and only chnace for garanutee your babies health.