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What causes stroke during pregnancy?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

The most common causes of stroke during pregnancy come from blood clots and high blood pressure. Seeking prenatal care early on and making sure to keep all your appointments so that any problems can be detected early is the best way to help prevent a stroke during pregnancy.

There are two conditions during pregnancy that can result in a stroke. Pregnancy is a hypercoagulable state meaning the blood clots more easily. Therefore the formation of a clot in the cerebral circulation may lead to a stroke. The second condition is the complication preeclampsia which causes hypertension due to constriction of the vascular structures. If the hypertension is not resolves, the increased pressure can damage the cerebral circulation and result in a stroke.

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