Your baby is
one in a million
Don't be one in a thousand.1
Make a personal pledge to speak to your healthcare team about blood clot prevention during pregnancy.
The good news – you can take steps to help prevent blood clots.4
For most women, it’s a risk that is well understood and efficiently managed by your medical team. Understanding the risk and taking the appropriate preventive actions can help prevent blood clots during pregnancy from becoming a serious threat to your health or your life.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) acknowledges that the prevalence and severity of this condition warrants special consideration of management and therapy. Some of their recommendations, when appropriate, include*:
- Medication: preventive treatment with anticoagulant medication—also known as blood thinners—may be provided for women who have had an acute blood clot during pregnancy, a history of blood clots or are at significant risk, such as those with inherited blood disorders. 5
- Pneumatic compression devices: these devices are recommended to lower the risk of blood clots for women having a C-section who are not already receiving thromboprophylaxis. These are devices worn on the legs that inflate and deflate to encourage blood flow. Hospitals already use these devices for other major operations. Your doctor will recommend how long you should wear them—usually during your surgery and for a few days afterwards, until you are active again. 5
Talk to your healthcare team to learn more about these as well as other treatment and prophylaxis methods.
The best news—your healthcare team can help protect you.
Remember to ask questions early in your pregnancy, well before your delivery. It’s most important to have a conversation about:
- Your personal risk factors
- Your family history, especially if you have a history of blood-clotting disorders
- What preventive measures are appropriate during and following your delivery
* This is only a partial list from the ACOG Practice Bulletin #123 and is not intended to dictate an exclusive course of treatment or therapy protocol.
Take the Quiz
50% chance it’s a boy, but up to a 5x increased risk for blood clots during pregnancy compared to non-pregnant women.2 Complete this risk form and share it with your personal physician.
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