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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.”
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
Blood clots don’t always have symptoms.
That’s why it’s important to understand your personal risk. Symptoms may include:4
- Pain or swelling in one leg, especially the calf or thigh
- Redness or warmth in one spot on the leg
- If the clot reaches the lungs, shortness of breath or chest pain can occur
Most blood clots in the legs can be detected through a quick and painless ultrasound to check the flow of blood through the veins. If the blood clot has broken away from the vein and lodged in the lungs, a CT scan may be needed.4 If you have shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or other symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.
Your healthcare team can help protect you.
Always speak with a member of your healthcare team about your personal risk and conditions that may make you more likely to get blood clots during pregnancy. If you are diagnosed with a blood clot, treatment usually begins with blood thinners to keep the blood clot from getting bigger and to reduce the risk of a clot moving to the lungs.4
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