Preeclampsia - Home Treatment
If you develop
preeclampsia early in pregnancy, your doctor or
nurse-midwife may prescribe something called
expectant management at home, possibly for many weeks.
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:
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.