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Anon_163149 posted:
recently had a stroke in june 2011 and was planning to become ppregnant. i have high blood pressure only when i exercise. is it aadvisable to do so. i feel that recovery is taking too long. i can move my right hand but cannot write or type. i'm only 39 years old and i have a beautiful man by my side.
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Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
The key here is to know exactly why you, at such a young age, had a stroke. You also need to know what you need to do to prevent another stroke. Would any of the medications you need to take interfere with your pregnancy? Would stopping those medication while you are pregnant place you at an increased risk for having a stroke?

If both your OB-GYN and Neurologist feel you can proceed with a pregnancy, you need to consider whether this is the right time. You are still in the early phases of rehabilitation and recovery from your stroke. You need to focus all your energies on getting a maximum recovery. You want to be at your strongest when you deliver and when you need to care for your newborn.

Good Luck
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.


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