Has anyone had a stroke after pregnancy?

Laura - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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4 weeks to the day after delivering my oldest child I had a subarachnoid hemmorhage. They have told me they "think" it was pregnancy related since they could not find any abnormalities with all the tests. During my pregnancy besides a lot of weight gain it was virtually uneventful. Occassionally I had some borderline blood pressures but nothing that didn't go down without a short rest. My delivery was uncomplicated. 4 weeks later...I was rushed to the hospital and told that I had a bleed. I am just curious if anyone else has had this happen to them and the excuses they may have been given. Also if it was a thrombosis (clot) or hemorrhage (bleed). Thanks!

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Tina - posted on 08/11/2012

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Hi, my name is Tina and I had a stroke one week after giving birth. I am 36 and am good health. After the stroke I was rushed to hospital. It was a Hemorrhagic stroke. They couldn't find any cause for this kind of stroke. My blood pressure was good, my cholesterol was perfect. No family history either. I did have migraines quite often and from time to time I had a headache like pain at the lower part of my head, back of neck area. The Doctors were baffled. A couple of the Doctors were associating it with too much pitocin. Even my primary care physician agreed. Later the Doctors changed there prognosis from pitocin to child birth. Humm?
Eleven months after stroke I can talk well but not perfect, walk a little using a walker. I still can't use my left arm at all. It sure gets in the way a lot stupid arm. this whole ordeal has caused a lot of stress on my family. Simply goingout shopping is a big ordeal. We hope and pray I get better to the point of using my left arm and walking. I miss the good times I had with my three year old girl Brooklynn. Life has changed and now we must adapt. Make the best of it and be grateful im alive to watch my babies grow. This is especially hard on my husband as he has suddenly taken on a lot more stress and responsibilities.
Life is fragel, full of unknowns. Be thankful for the life you have...

Jenny - posted on 06/22/2013

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Hello laura. my names jenny Having read your story im sorry to hear you were so poorly, I do understand, at 24, on 26th nov 1999 I had a thrombosis when I was 9 half months pregnant my daughter samantha was born the same day 9lb 4 and healthy I had suffered from high blood pressure during my first pregnancy and had several blood screens during this time all had come back negative until I had my stroke then further tests reviled I had anti phospholipid syndrome which is a clotting of the blood (sticky blood) prob from birth I still have problems with short term memory and have a left sided weakness and a few other bits and bobs although i have been very lucky in my recovery I am very interested to hear of how your relationship with your son/daughter is as mine has proved very strained over the years i believe as a direct result of stroke and coming to terms with this anyway I hope you are recovering well and your child is fine chin up always ;0) there is life after stroke x

Sharyn - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi Laura. I did not have a stroke, but the night I was discharged from the hospital (I had a C-section 5 days before and it was my first pregnancy), my blood pressure went up to 196/113 and gradually went up to 200/126 for the next two days. My doctor was not in the following day which is when I went in to be seen. I was seen by an NP and then referred to Urgent Care and they really did nothing for me. The next day, I went back to see my actual OB and she sent me to the hospital for readmission. she said I was in stroke zone and my final diagnosis was "pre-eclampsia" although it was more like "hypetension crisis". I could have had a stroke but I was brought into ER then ICU and they gave me all kinds of medications intravenously and I lost 20 lbs of fluids in 2 days. I already was inclined to have this pre-eclamptic episode happen to me because I had borderline hypertension before pregnancy and a family history of cardiac disease (my mom had hypertension, stroke and heart attack),Iit didn't happen during pregnancy, although I got tested for it twice a week during my 3rd trimester, it just happened right after pregnancy. Because I check my blood pressure at home everyday, and I know that I wasn't feeling well (stressed, short of breath, tensed, warm and blood pressure constantly in that zone even with medication) I knew I had to be re-hospitalized.Are you fullly recovered?

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Abigail - posted on 04/28/2013

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8 days after delivering my daughter i suffered a massive stroke that nearly took my life.My bllod pressure spiked to 188/101. I had a massive headache I drove myself to the hospital where I sat for 13hours before the medical team realized I was having a stroke. They released me to go home and told my fiance that I needed to sleep it off. Thank God my face noticed all the signs and refused to take me home! I have left side weakness with very limited mobility but each day i get stronger.

Michelle - posted on 08/23/2012

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I had a stroke 6 weeks after having my first baby at the age of 31...thankfully I made a full recovery shortly afterward to the neurologist's amazement. I had a perfect pregnancy, a difficult labour (20 hours of back labour naturally) and was seemingly fine afterwards. It came after a major fight with my hubby...and after 12 days in hospital and umpteen tests they chalked it up to hormones as I have no family history and the tests were all fine. I am scared now to have another baby even though the neurologist has assured me it was likely a one in a million type deal. In fact he said that in his entire career he has only seen 1 other case like mine as usually pregnancy related strokes can be attributed to something that they can find.

Laura - posted on 01/17/2009

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Interesting...I do have irregular heart beats and a murmur. Might be something worth digging futher into! Thanks!

Patricia - posted on 01/17/2009

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My cousins wife did have stroke after giving birth.  They actually found a hole in her heart.  Once repaired she has made a full recovery.



 

Laura - posted on 01/17/2009

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I am fully recovered for the most part. I know it has changed my personality a little. Not bad but some. I was never pre-eclamptic or eclampsia. I am actually a paramedic so I have dealt with women in you situatioin. I can't believe the NP and the Urgent Care did nothing for you knowing the risks of seizures and stroke in your condition. The highest my pressure ever got during pregnancy was on the borderline that they look at pre-eclampsia but I was never spilling proteins in my urine. Although, I know now they are starting to treat B/P problems in pregnancy a little more now. My B/P was always high for me during pregnancy (130's over 80"s when normally 110 over 60/70's). I just don't like the answers I received and had great neurosurgeon. They think I threw a clot that caused the bleed. Crazy! I hope you are doing better. I know that with eclampsia it can take a little while to get back to normal. Thanks for the response!

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