What is included in expectant management of preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Before 37 weeks, expectant management is appropriate. In most cases, patients should be hospitalized and monitored carefully for the development of worsening preeclampsia or complications of preeclampsia. Although randomized trials in women with gestational hypertension and preeclampsia demonstrate the safety of outpatient management with frequent maternal and fetal evaluations, most of the patients in these studies had mild gestational hypertension. [62] Therefore, the safety of managing a woman with preeclampsia without severe features as an outpatient still needs to be investigated.


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