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Make a personal pledge to speak to your healthcare team about blood clot prevention during pregnancy.

“I had a healthy pregnancy. I had no idea that I could be at-risk for blood clots.”

– Natalie

Did you know pregnancy puts you at risk for blood clots?

Are you pregnant or know someone who is? If so, take a minute to learn more about a potentially dangerous condition that can form during pregnancy—blood clots. Pregnant women are up to five times more likely to develop blood clots compared to non-pregnant women, and the risk continues for the first six weeks post-partum.2

Blood clots typically form in the deep veins of the left leg.

These types of clots—also called deep vein thrombosis—can sometimes break free and enter the circulation, lodging into and obstructing a blood vessel, including those that lead to the lungs. Because blood clots prevent or restrict normal blood flow, they can be potentially life-threatening or lead to life-long complications if left untreated.4

As your body prepares for delivery, changes occur that increase the likelihood for blood clots, including:

  • Rapid blood clotting —more blood-clotting substances are produced in order to limit blood loss during labor and delivery. 3
  • Slow blood flow —blood flow patterns change during pregnancy. This, coupled with increasing pressure imposed by the uterus, slows blood flow. 3
  • Vein damage —at the time of delivery, as the baby presses on the veins in the pelvis, minor damage can occur to the veins, leading to an increased risk of clot development. 3

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