Dear Preeclampsia Foundation Expert,
This question came in to us today:
Yesterday, my OB placed me on strict bedrest. She did not however, diagnose me with preeclampsia, just as a high risk for the disease. My BP was 118/80. Her major concern was that it had jumped about 20 points from my last appointment at which it was 110/60. My mother had preeclampsia with both me and my sister. Do you think she jumped the gun too quickly or that her decision to place me on bedrest was completely called for and necessary? Any advise on diet and surviving bedrest would also be greatly appreciated. I am 23 weeks 5 days pregnant with my first child, a girl, Audrey Vera.
Apart from the specifics of this case, what are your opinions on the merits of bedrest? Does prolonged bedrest help prevent or otherwise mitigate the causes and/or effects of preeclampsia? Under what conditions would you find it helpful?
Thank you for your continued support and help, our members really appreciate this (and so do we!)