Ever lay for two months staring at the ceiling?i

That’s what pregnancy might have landed you with. The alternative, your doctors said, was the possible death of you and ‘the baby.’ That’s quite a motivator.

Well, all that may have been unnecessary.

Of course, if you are pregnant, your doctors may fell entitled to disregard the rest of your life in deciding treatment. The rational use of probabilities can go out the door.


The article does not list pre-eclamsia as not really requiring bed rest. High blood pressure is one sign of pre-eclamsia, but there’s more to it:

Eclampsia (described above). [ajj: life threatening stroke]
Liver, kidney, and lung problems.
A blood clotting disorder.
Bleeding into the brain (a stroke).
Severe bleeding from the afterbirth (placenta).
HELLP syndrome. This occurs in about 1 in 5 women who have severe pre-eclampsia. HELLP stands for ‘haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets’, which are some of the medical features of this severe form of pre-eclampsia. Haemolysis means that your blood cells start to break down. Elevated liver enzymes means that your liver has become affected. Low platelets means that the number of platelets in your blood is low and you are at risk of serious bleeding problems, as the platelets work to help your blood to clot.

Don’t mess with pre-eclamsia. Paid maternity remains VERY important, for this and other reasons.

3 thoughts on “Ever lay for two months staring at the ceiling?i

  1. I assume this linked to an article about there being no good evidence for the benefits of bed rest? But the link is dead.

    This is sort of old news to those of us who closely follow prenatal care issues and it is interesting (but unsurprising) how long it has taken word to get out. Then again, I am commenting on a hypothetical article I couldn’t read, so sorry if my comments are off-kilter :)

  2. Thanks for spotting the link problem, Rebecca. I am glad the word is getting out, but I recently had quite a series of disagreements with doctors, and I think it is well to remind ourselves that pretty horrible bullying can occur. And it does occur. In fact, I got wonderful care at a big cancer center, but the accompanying craziness was very difficult. E.g. I was told how I caused the cancer, that a very standard procedure was very dangerous (unlike what he was suggesting). It went on my chart that I believed I was an alcoholic, but refused help. (That was principally because I questioned a study based on self-reports, etc, etc.

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