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Anyone feel numb in the face during early pregnancy?

Anyone feel numb in the face during early pregnancy?

Get seen!: If you are having numbness or weakness in your face during pregnancy, it might be the earliest sign of something called "bell's palsy". You need to talk with your ob/gyn and get checked out! ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Pregnant (18 wks) and right side of head and face numb, no facial drooping. Also dizziness. ?

Pregnant (18 wks) and right side of head and face numb, no facial drooping. Also dizziness. ?

Stroke or migraine: The two likeliest choices are stroke or migraine variant. Choice 1 is quite serious. Choice 2 is annoying but much less serious. You need to see a neurologist asap. ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks pregnant, I've had high blood pressure this entire time and a few days ago the left side of my face went numb, what is wrong with me?

I am 26 weeks pregnant, I've had high blood pressure this entire time and a few days ago the left side of my face went numb, what is wrong with me?

See your doctor: Isolated facial numbness may not be a serious problem, but high blood pressure during pregnancy can be a sign of a very serious complication. Please see your doctor to get your blood pressure rechecked and to have a urine test for protein (both are indicators of developing pre-eclampsia or toxemia of pregnancy), and a neurological exam to diagnose the cause of the facial numbness. ...Read more

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18 weeks pregnant. Sudden extreme weakening & numbness on left side face & arm. No racing heart or breaths. Symptoms subsided after an hour. Anxiety?

18 weeks pregnant. Sudden extreme weakening & numbness on left side face & arm.  No racing heart or breaths. Symptoms subsided after an hour. Anxiety?

Evaluation: I would discuss these symptoms with your doctor. My concern would be a transient ischemic attack. The mechanism, if it actually occurred, would be a paradoxical embolism from your pelvis. This requires a patent foramen ovale in your heart and be could be detected with echocardiography, which you should have. Migraine equivalent (even without headache) is another possibility. My best wishes to you ...Read more