You ask a very important question. I can only offer what research suggests: First, even though you delivered early the first time does not mean you will have the same experience the second. However, some women do have preeclampsia on subsequent pregnancies. The research on bedrest is rather strong and indicates that there is very little benefit (unless your blood pressure is unstable and you require hospitalization) and can often increase the family stress significantly. Frequent naps and increasing relaxing and enjoying events (listening to music and such) may even have better therapeutic results. Currently it is important to share your concerns with your doctor so he/she is aware of your concerns and can pay close attention to your blood pressure and urine protein.
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