Blood clots and Pregnancy

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Blood clots can impose serious effects while you are pregnant. A blood clot during pregnancy may possess additional risks or concerns since you are developing baby. However blood clots during pregnancy are rare and there is little need for concern and certain steps can be taken to minimize your rise of experiencing them while you are pregnant.

What is a Blood Clot?

When the body sends cells, called platelets, to block the flow of blood  a blood clot occurs. Normally, this occurs when you got a cut and to keep the injury from bleeding continuously. During pregnancy, there is more likely to clot as a safeguard against losing too much blood during labor.

However, a condition known as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when blood clots form in the legs and pelvic region and it is linked with a number of serious health concerns. But there are ways to both prevent DVT and to treat it after it occurs. Studies found that blood clots affect only 1 or 2 pregnant women out of every 1,000, so there is no need to worry, unless you feel uncomfortable.

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What are the Causes of Blood Clots during Pregnancy?

Women are most likely to experience a blood clot in their first three months of pregnancy or in the first six weeks after giving birth.

You could be at risk if: 

  • You smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke frequently
  • You are over 35 years old
  • You or a close relative have experienced  DVT before
  • You are overweight
  • You travel long distances
  • You are expecting multiples
  • You are sedentary for long periods of time
  • You have a Cesarean section

What are the Signs of Blood Clots during Pregnancy?


Even though blood clots are unlikely, there are a few signs that can indicate the possibility of a blood clot.

These include: 

  • Pain in one leg or swelling
  • Pain that worsens when you walk
  • Veins that look larger than normal

What are the Risks of Blood Clots during Pregnancy?

DVT can affect your pregnancy in a number of ways:

  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots in the placenta
  • Stroke
  • Pulmonary embolism,  which is when blood clots break off and are lodged in the lungs
  • Miscarriage

How can you Prevent and Treat Blood Clots during Pregnancy?

Prevention of DVT can be achieved by a healthy lifestyle and staying active is a crucial component in combating DVT. Regular exercise improves circulation and increase ability of clot forming. It is also important to eat healthily and to quit smoking and other habits.

In the diagnosis stage of DVT, you are most likely to be treated with an anticoagulant, which hinders the blood from clotting as easily.