I have blood pressure issues - both pregnancies especially, and chronically.
If you have white coat syndrome, I would definitely get a home cuff. Omron makes really good automatic cuffs. You can have it verified with your midwife - and then see if you are getting lower readings at home.
I did 9 weeks of side-lying bedrest with DS. It was horrible. I can't put it any other way. But I was able to make it until I went into labor on my own and I had a healthy baby boy, who is now a perfect 2.5-year-old. If bedrest is what it takes - it is worth it, and you'll have a handful of us here to commiserate with.
This time, I think mainly because I have a toddler and am usually a mostly stay-at-home mom, my doctors opted to put me on medication. I'm able to be up and about a little, but I still can't go to the park with DS or go for walks (I am a runner when not pregnant, was keeping up with walking until bedrest a couple weeks ago).
Anyway, I spent about a week on my side waiting for the medication to take effect and get the dose right. It was even more horrible than last time because I have a child I couldn't even be left alone with. :-(
I would really look at getting a home cuff. And if bedrest happens, get in touch with Green_Ma or myself - we chat on IM a little bit. We've been on very different "levels" of bedrest, so we'd have different been-there-done-that advice to offer.
B, happily married to M. Mother to two boys: B (3/08) and A (9/10)