What Happens if I Suffer a Stroke During Pregnancy?


A: Last month, the CDC issued important information for women of childbearing age. According to the CDC there has been a significant increase in the number of strokes suffered by pregnant women in the United States. From 1994-1995 to 2006-2007, the risk of suffering a stroke during pregnancy increased by 54%.*

What does this mean for women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant? It means that your doctor should be screening you for stroke symptoms. Early diagnosis may help prevent serious, potentially fatal, consequences for the mother and the child.

If you experience numbness or weakness (particularly on one side of your body), a severe headache, confusion or changes in your ability to walk, see or speak then it is important to get emergency medical care.

If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke during pregnancy, it is important to contact a New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible for a free consultation. In some cases, especially when warning signs of a stroke were not appropriately treated, you may be able to recover damages for the harm that you have suffered.

For more information, please call a New York medical malpractice lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911 today.

*Source: CDC: Strokes Rise Among Pregnant Women, New Moms, 6abc.com, July 29, 2011