Blood Clots During Pregnancy

Blood clots are very serious problems especially during pregnancy as they could cause serious complication for the baby. So you should follow the following steps to minimize the risks of having blood clots in pregnancy.

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Blood Clot- The Explanation

When the body sends the platelets to stop the blood flow, it causes the blood clots. It happens when the bleeding has to be prevented after the cut. In pregnancy there are more chances of blood clots in order to protect the blood loss during delivery.

When the blood clots are in the legs and in the pelvic area, the problem is known as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). This problem is associated with many other health problems but fortunately there are ways of preventing and treating it. This problem occurs in 1-2 percent women out of 1000 pregnant women. So there is no need to be worried about this problem unless you feel you are at risk.

Causes Of Blood Clots During Pregnancy

There are many causes of DVT and you should be aware of the facts that whether you are in this condition or not. Blood cloths are more likely to happen during the first three months of pregnancy or during the first six weeks after delivery. You must immediately consult your doctor if you feel you have a risk of developing DVT.

There are risks of DVT if

  • You or your close relative has suffered from  DVT before
  • You are a smoker or are exposed to secondhand smoke frequently
  • You are above 35 years old
  • You are obese
  • You travel long distances in pregnancy
  • You are expected to have multiple pregnancies
  • You are sedentary for long
  • You have a Cesarean delivery

The Signs of Blood Clots during Pregnancy

During pregnancy women are very conscious of all the possible complications. There are few signs by which blood clots possibility is indicated. These signs include:

  • Feelings of pain and swelling in one leg
  • Pain gets worse while walking
  • Veins look larger than normal

Risks Of Blood Clots During Pregnancy

There are number of ways by which DVT can affect your pregnancy for example

  • Blood clots can be seen in placenta
  • There will be a chance of heart attack
  • There will be a chance of stroke
  • Miscarriage

How to stop blood clots and its treatment during pregnancy?

Prevention of DVT is very necessary, and this can be done by achieving a healthy lifestyle. Staying active is more important and can be helpful in fighting with DVT, so go to your healthcare provider for regular checkup and to know which exercises and activities are important. To prevent clots formation, a regular exercise is important. Always choose healthy food and if you are a smoker then immediately stop smoking. You should regularly visit your health care provider to discuss the activities you are involved in and if you are at the risk to develop DVT. If you are already been diagnosed with DVT, then you will be treated with an anticoagulant, that is helpful in stopping blood from clotting.

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