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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:

  • Trouble with speaking clearly and understanding.  –  You may experience confusion or your speech may slur.
  • Weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg. It may be sudden with numbness, weakness or paralysis occurring often on one side. If your face is affected, you may notice a droop when you try to grimace to expose your teeth.
  • Headache. A sudden, severe headache which may be associated with vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness.
  • Sudden onset of difficulty with walking or coordination.

Seek medical attention immediately even if the symptoms last for a short while and seem to go away spontaneously.

Think “FAST

    • Face.  Ask the person to show his teeth. Does it droop on one side?


  • Arms.  Ask the person to raise both arms. Is there difficulty in raising one arm or does it drift downwards on one side? 
  • Speech.  Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Did you notice any slurring?
  • Time.  If you observe any of these signs, call the emergency hotline immediately. (995 if you are in Singapore)


(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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