Being on bed rest is both a blessing and a curse. You think you finally have the time to do things you've always wanted--sleep, read books, watch movies, take up knitting, sleep some more. And one week in, you've realized bed rest is going to be more challenging than you realized.
For Kristen Somody Whalen, an artist, fashion photographer, and mom-to-be from New York, she took it as chance to do what she loves best: creating art.
Kristen went through seven years of infertility issues and a miscarriage before she got pregnant with her first child. Through it all, her art helped her cope with feelings of heartbreak and sadness as she watched her friends and families have children. "I could either spend my time and money on treatments or I could use my time and money to pursue my dreams. I chose the latter," she told The Huffington Post
Given her history, it was no surprise that it was a delicate pregnancy. But when her water broke nine weeks earlier than her due date, the doctors asked Kristen to go on bed rest so she could make it at least six weeks more before delivering her baby
Kristen was determined to keep the positive vibes flowing. "The night I was admitted I had my husband drive to the house to pick up my watercolors. I knew the best way to keep myself and baby (a boy!) happy and peaceful was to paint and create so that’s what I’ve been doing," she said.
She called it her "Prenatal Bed Rest Program," and she created whimsical watercolor illustrations of a pregnant woman having quite the adventure. She used flowers for the woman's head with the legs sporting high-fashion designer heels. The series was aptly titled Flowers with Legs. Look!
1. Her first artwork after being admitted in the hospital, a.k.a. her prenatal painting studio
2. Because part of Kristen's bed rest program includes having a lot of fresh air--inspired by the helipad right outside her window