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By Sarah Bilston
Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is a tender British attorney married to an American and residing in long island urban. She's checked off lots of the containers on her "Modern Woman's record of items to Do prior to Hitting 30," and her busy operating existence has been quite painless. but if her health care professional tells her she needs to spend the final 3 months of her being pregnant mendacity in mattress, Q is thrown right into a tailspin. at the start bored and annoyed, Q quickly fills her days by way of attempting to reconnect along with her workaholic husband, supply criminal recommendation for her candy Greek neighbor, forge new emotional bonds together with her mom and sisters, and work out who will hold her stocked up in cookies and sandwiches. Q studies adventures at the sofa she by no means might have encountered within the legislation enterprise and learns much approximately herself and what she desires out of life—and particularly, concerning the boy or girl becoming inside of her.
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So here I am again, beginning of a new week, the end of my first on bed rest. I’m twenty-seven weeks’ pregnant. If the baby was born today he’d be thirteen weeks’ premature. I just Googled “twenty-seven weeks gestation survival” and found a Web site that claims his chances are already around 85 percent! Feel hugely cheered. M. ” Big mistake, Q. Big, gynormous mistake. I’ve been sucking at a paper bag for the last twenty minutes, but I still can’t stop crying. An average twenty-seven week baby may have an 85 percent chance of making it, but babies in low BED REST ■ 27 fluid may do a great deal worse.
What a horrible, lonely, miserable life. ■ 5 ■ Friday Noon Day three of bed rest. I woke up this morning and thought, This may go on for another ninety days. And I burst into tears. ”), and I’ve just spent a vigorous hour plucking my eyebrows into submission. I have also: • waxed my belly (the hairs have taken to growing thick and dark on my navel, and if I’m going to be inspected every five minutes for the next thirteen and a half weeks I might as well be looking my best); • taken a nap (woke up to find I’d drooled all over our red chenille throw cushion—why do pregnant women drool so much?
Then, after a bit more hiccupping and moaning (just to get my point across), I picked up the phone book from the bottom shelf of the side table, chucked it in his direction, and told him to find me some food, and fast. After all, it was ten o’clock. Now it’s Bed Rest Day Two, and Tom and I have instituted some changes to our routine: • He’ll come home within half an hour of when he says he’s coming home so I’m not stuck in a twilight limbo. • I’ll order the food in the evening for him to pick up from a restaurant of my choice.
Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston