Hemiplegia, Stroke & Pregnancy!

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   Posted 5/18/2010 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I am really stuck for info and maybe you can help me!

I suffered hemiplegic migraines since I was 13 (now 24) and had a stroke in 2007 this left me paralysed for 6 weeks and I had 6 months of physio afterwards, the hospital have no record of this!

They do however have record of my hemiplegic attacks that have also hospitalised me twice, the last time in 2008.

This has only been bought to thier attention because I was admitted last Thursday with early labour signs, i am now 35 weeks!

Apparently I should have had more than 1 consultant appointment and much closer care!

Everything I can find now says I should be induced at 37 weeks, did you find this to be the case?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

I have gone from a planned homebirth and feeling calm and excited about the birth, to having a high risk hospital birth and feeling petrified!!

Thanks Charlotte

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   Posted 5/28/2010 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Take a deep breath and relax. We got a lil one to think about. The migraines you have is a rare disease, and you should wear some medical identfication just in case you can't say want you want. Not that it is going to happen. Just a precaution.

For your issue. I think they are trying to avoid preeclampsia. Because of your migraines, you are high risk. Usually woman devolope preeclampsia and severe naseau/vomiting that have these kind of migraines whilst pregnant. However, it is in my proffessional medical opinion Anyone, Including You, may seek a second opinion.
Bed rest might be good in your case, but please note, I am not a doctor (not enough school yet). Ask them questions like: Why am I high risk? How can I lower my risk of being such high risk? What complications am I at risk for? How can I minimize the chance of getting these complications? How many people have you personally delivered? How many of those had my medical background of dx's? What are other options for me? Do I have to deliver at 37 weeks?

If they give you the run around--ask for another doctor. It ticks them off, but they know you know your rights as a patient. And they usually straighten up. If you have any other questions feel free to ask, we are all here for you.
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