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Breaking the bed rest

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Bed rest is an unpleasant reality for women with high-risk pregnancies.  Some are stuck in the same bed, for months.

But now, one Texas hospital has found a way to make the stay a little more pleasant.  Missy Cheatham went to her doctor for what she thought was a routine exam.

"Didn't have a thing packed. Wasn't remotely ready for this. Hadn't wrapped up anything at work," Cheatham said.

That was six weeks ago!  Pregnant with twin girls, she's been in bed, ever since.

Missy Cheatham, Patient: "You are in the same room the whole time, so that's been interesting," Cheatham said.

Some women might call it "prison."  The same view, out the same window, for weeks on end!

Television gets old, too, so missy spends hours on her laptop.

"I didn't do much with Facebook before but now I'm on FaceBook a lot," Cheatham said.

Her story is typical of soon-to-be mothers, ordered to bedrest because of high-risk pregnancies.

"The sad thing is some of these women who don't usually have depression issues get depressed. Your days become nights. Your nights become days. You're in the bed all the time," Angelle Kolle said.

"We thought, 'What can we do?" Kolle asked.

Nurse angelle kolle thought, why not come up with a daily activity, making blankets or baby clothes on one day.  On other days, massages, even a movie night.

"This program has been really nice because it gives you activities to look forward to and break up your days," Cheatham said.

"They're lonely. They just want someone to visit with, especially if they're social," Kolle said.

A way to help pass the time and make weeks of bedrest go just a little faster.

"I've been here six weeks so another two weeks is nothing," Cheatham said.

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