This may mean you are advised to stop working, reduce your activity level, or possibly spend a lot of time resting (partial bed rest). Although partial bed rest is considered reasonable treatment for preeclampsia, experts don't know how well it works to treat mild preeclampsia or high blood pressure.2 It is known that strict bed rest may increase your risk of getting a blood clot in the legs or lungs.
Whether you are required to reduce your activity or have partial bed rest, expectant management limits your ability to work, remain active, take care of children, and fulfill other responsibilities. It may be helpful to follow some tips for dealing with bed rest.
You may be required to monitor your own condition on a daily basis. If so, you or another person (such as a trained family member or a visiting nurse) will:
- Monitor your blood pressure at home.
- Check your urine for protein.
- Check your weight. Before checking your weight, you should empty your bladder, take off your shoes, and wear about the same amount of clothing each time.
- Monitor fetal movements or kick counts.
Keep a written record of your results, including the dates and times you checked. Take this record with you when you visit your doctor or nurse-midwife.
Worry and reduced activity are difficult parts of having preeclampsia. It often helps to talk with women who are or have been in the same situation.