Anyone have a child that suffered from in-utero stroke?

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my son is almost 2 1/2.. he had an in-utero stroke during the last trimester of pregnancy.. his diagnosis is cerebral palsy with right hemiparesis.. meaning he has weakness of his right leg and arm, hand.. his prognosis is very good, i feel we're very blessed.. he's very normal as far as development with a few slight hiccups lol.. i was just wondering if anyone else is or has gone through this and how your child is doing and/or what you've learned about the condition.. thanks in advance!! God bless

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User - posted on 11/24/2012

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How are your babies doing? Reaching milestones? Anyone with a toddler that suffered in utero stroke, speech problems? Walking? Any advice to a new mom going through this? Thanks!

Jessie - posted on 03/23/2012

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My daughter was diagnosed with an in utero stroke two days after birth. We were in the process of being discharged when she had a slight seizure. They then sent us to the NICU. Before that she seemed amazingly perfect. Her apgar scores were 8 at 1min and 9 at 5 min. A large wedge shaped part of her right frontal lobe of brain was severely damaged. My whole pregnancy things were perfect and so was the delivery. Nothing can prove certain what caused this. What I have learned is that if my daughter wouldn't have had the small seizure we wouldn't have known for quite a while if at all. This happens to many babies and many of them do not know until years later. My daughter is 2 1/2 months old so I can not say this for certain but she seems to be unaffected so far and for that I am lucky and thankful. I participate in many early intervention programs that give me advice and check regularly to make sure she is developing correctly. As of this week she was doing well physically she smiles, coos, follows with her eyes, turns or startles with noise, pushes with legs to stand,holds her head extremely well, pushes her head and chest off ground for several minutes during tummy time, opens and closes hands, grips things momentarily, eats well, and sleeps average, knows mommy, etc. I also learned that since your baby only uses just a small part of brain and spinal column after birth that the can go on with out a problem or a major one because the brain doesn't know it is missing anything so other parts of the brain pick up the damaged parts duties. I should say that I am 21 years old and my boyfriend and her father is 22 years old this is our first child so all info i have given was provided to me by doctors or early intervention personnel. I was told my daughter would have hemiparesis as well though she is still a little baby I do not see any signs of it. I was told because of the area of her brain damage that she would probably have difficulty with problem solving, attention span, and motor skills. Only time will tell for us but I feel truely blessed she is doing great. Also my daughter started all early intervention at 1 wk old it is never too early. We work with people from: community health, AEA, pediatrics, neurology, and many more programs. My daughter is also going to see a hematologist to see if she has a clotting disorder that may have caused this but we have to wait until she is 6 mo old.

Cathy - posted on 10/28/2011

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how is your baby doing now? my son is 1 month old and i just found out that he suffered an in-utero stroke. i am so upset. did your baby crawl, walk, talk on time? is he limping or using a brace now? when did signs appear? did they appear immediately at birth? what signs did you see? does he have a hand preference? did he develop cerebral palsy? when did you start PT/OT? how often do you do therapy? did you do any exercises/therapy from the beginning? sorry for all the questions. i'm just so scared and looking for hope.

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oh and i've done a lot of research as well.. so maybe we can share our learnings and experiences

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