Are you the sort of person who thrives on research and information. Become educated! ACOG Hypertension in Pregnancy and/or this Science and Sensibility article on the Early Warning Signs of HELLP.
On bedrest? Consider antenatal doula support at home. All the things a postpartum doula does but before the baby arrives. Looking for something to keep you busy during your bed rest then, consider an in-home prenatal massage with one of our licensed massage therapists who specialize in prenatal, induction, and postnatal massage.
You may have to deliver earlier than full term (which is considered 37-42 weeks). Ask for a pump immediately upon arrival at the hospital. Pump frequently usually every 2-3 hours with one 4 hour gap in a 24 hour period (ideally in the middle of the night). Also ask the lactation specialist about an SNS (supplemental nursing system) and help getting a good latch. Skin to skin as much as possible!
Headache or migraine symptoms present with a pre-eclampsia diagnosis and the medicine isn’t helping? Try ice packs, showers with water directly on your face, diluted peppermint oil on the forehead and under the nose. Ask your care provider about using over-the-counter magnesium spray.
If you’re in the hospital, try laying on left side in the extreme side lying position with peanut ball to help labor progress.
Bonus: This study: Correlation between oral sex and a low incidence of preeclampsia. We imagine all the male partners said “further study is needed to test this hypothesis.”
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