samtyr (samtyr) wrote in little_details,

Pregnancy Complications -- Maternal Exhaustion

I've looked up maternal exhaustion but either there isn't anything specific mentioned or it's far too technical for me to make understand. I've looked through the different posts and I haven't been able to find this particular one listed. My apologies if I have overlooked it.

Place: Europe/British Isles
Date: Middle Ages (1400-1500 approx.)
Technology: Current for date/place (no magic)

I have a younger working class woman with her second pregnancy. The first pregnancy was extremely difficult though the child was born alive and is healthy. This second pregnancy will be less than two years after the first one, and this is where the trouble starts (she never fully recovered from the first one.) She goes into labor while alone in the house; the others are working outdoors and she isn't found for several hours. End result: the baby is stillborn and she is in critical condition.

What I need to know is what sort of heart damage she might suffer (preferably not a stroke if possible) and what sort of treatment would be available. Assuming that she lives (still not definite), how much of an invalid would she be and what sort of work would she be able to do? I am thinking mostly needlework but I'm not sure.

Note: I want to avoid excessive bleeding or placenta previa (or related placenta problems) if possible because she needs to live, even if she's mostly bedridden.

ETA: The woman is married and the setting is very rural -- no near neighbors. She has been left alone since the rest of the household is outside in an attempt to harvest as much of "the crop" (not decided on exactly what yet) as possible in order to avoid losing it to an approaching storm. (It's not a fast-moving storm, more of a good knowlege of the local weather pattern.)
Tags: ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: illnesses to order, ~medicine: reproduction

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