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    Preeclampsia: Expectant Management - Topic Overview

    Expectant management, or observation, is sometimes used to manage complications of a high-risk pregnancy. Depending on the severity of your preeclampsia, you may need expectant management at home or in the hospital.

    Expectant management at home requires reduced activity and careful checking and daily recording of:

    The daily log of symptoms and measurements is combined with frequent (usually twice weekly) checks at the doctor's office.

    Being on expectant management 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, its effectiveness is not proved for treating mild preeclampsia.1 It is known that strict bed rest may raise your risk of developing a blood clot in the legs or lungs.

    Expectant management in the hospital requires some bed rest and includes more frequent electronic and laboratory monitoring of the mother and fetus.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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