I was full-term, 39 weeks pregnant, when my OB-GYN sent me to the hospital unexpectedly to monitor my baby's heart rate—it was much lower than usual, and after learning as much, my blood pressure skyrocketed as well.

As a result, my doctor wanted to make sure that both of us were ok. What my doctor, husband and I assumed would be a quick hospital admittance, followed by a quick induction and a quick introduction of our new baby to the family… did not go as planned.

As an expat living in Costa Rica, things are done a little differently here, and once it was determined my baby and I were fine (thank goodness), the doctors decided it would still be best to admit me to the hospital and monitor me until my baby arrived.

Long story short, I ended up on hospital bed rest for a full week before having a non-emergency (but medically necessary) C-section. So, when I say pregnancy bed rest isn't a whole lot of fun, I'm speaking from experience. But I'm also speaking from experience when I say it's not the worst thing.

So if you end up getting bed rest orders, don't panic—here's how to make the most of it.