Can my baby suffer a stroke in the womb if I have thrombophilia?

Alexander Kofinas M.D.

It depends on the type of thrombophilia. Most thrombophilias affect the unborn indirectly by damaging the placenta and reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients that it transfers to the baby. However, one of the genetic thrombophilias known as Factor V Leiden gene mutation has been associated with fetal and neonatal strokes. This happens only if the baby has inherited the defective gene from the mother. By exercising intense maternal treatment in order to optimize the placental function, we may be able to avoid such complications in utero.