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.