When is bedrest or hospitalization indicated for the treatment of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Michael P Carson, MD; Chief Editor: Edward H Springel, MD, FACOG  more...
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Women with worsening hypertension during pregnancy often are placed on bed rest or restricted activity, although no scientific evidence demonstrates that this is beneficial in prolonging gestation or reducing maternal or fetal morbidity/mortality.

Women with hypertension and suspected preeclampsia are typically admitted to a hospital for close observation and investigation. Those with established preeclampsia must be observed very closely, either in hospital or in a comprehensive home monitoring program under the care of an obstetrician.


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