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Strokes are (thankfully) extremely rare during pregnancy but can be devastating during childbearing years.
A stroke indicates a reduction of blood flow to a part of the brain. This may be caused by a blockage or a bleed in the brain.
Pregnancy and the period of time immediately after giving birth are associated with an increased risk. Preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and eclampsia (convulsions followed by coma) are some of the more common causes.
Get yourself checked regularly. This involves a routine blood pressure check at the doctor’s.
These are signs that you or someone else may be having a stroke:
Seek medical attention immediately even if the symptoms last for a short while and seem to go away spontaneously.
(Adapted from Mayo Clinic Patient Care and Health Information)
There are several causes of stroke that are in fact unique to pregnancy and the postpartum period, such as preeclampsia and eclampsia, amniotic fluid embolus, postpartum angiopathy and postpartum cardiomyopathy.
*Disclaimer : Results vary for individuals. No individual result should be seen as typical.
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