Pregnancy-Related Strokes On The Rise
A new CDC report shows that pregnancy-related strokes are on the rise. The findings of this report, published in...
A new CDC report shows that pregnancy-related strokes are on the rise. The findings of this report, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, show that there's been an increasing trend in pregnancy-related hospitalizations directly related to stroke in the United States, especially during the postpartum period, from 1994 to 1995 to 2006 to 2007. In total, pregnancy-related stroke hospitalizations increased by 54%, over the 12 years leading up to 2007. This is worrisome news because it likely means that many women are starting out their pregnancy unhealthy. Pregnancy is already a risk factor for stroke, so if you enter into pregnancy with another risk factor for stroke, say obesity, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure or congenital heart disease, you're increasing the odds that you may have a stroke. Obviously, it's best to enter into a pregnancy as healthy as you can be. This not only helps insure a healthier baby, but a healthier mama (that's you) with less of a risk for a serious complication, such as a stroke. How to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby:
- Don't smoke or take illegal drugs
- Take prenatal vitamins
- Eat healthy and maintain a proper weight
- Don't drink alcohol