Recognizing Stroke Risk Factors Are Important For Pregnant Women

(Undated) -- Strokes during pregnancy are rare, but being able to recognize the risk-factors can be life saving for both the mother and the baby. Doctor Jennifer Frontera says high blood pressure is the top risk-factor for stroke in pregnancy. Doctor Frontera says preemclampsia [[ pre-uhm-CLAMP-see-uh ]], which is high blood pressure, protein in the urine and body swelling, is responsible for nearly 15-percent of maternal deaths worldwide. A way to prevent preemclampsia is to take a baby aspirin, but Doctor Frontera says it's not good for everyone and to talk to your doctor first.