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The Link Between Pregnancy and DVT

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life as she begins the bond with her baby and prepares for motherhood. Part of that preparation includes reading up on how to stay healthy for you and your baby. One thing you may come across is the danger of deep vein thrombosis during pregnancy.

When taking in that information, try not to worry. Blood clots are preventable when you take the right steps. Our team of healthcare professionals at Vascular Vein Centers wants you to have everything you need for a smooth pregnancy, and it starts with knowing the link between pregnancy and DVT.

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a type of blood clot that occurs in one of your deep veins, typically in your leg. The clot blocks blood flow to the affected vein, causing your leg to become discolored, hot, swollen, and shiny. For some people, the effects are mild enough to not know there’s a problem. For others, DVT can cause apparent symptoms, including pain and difficulty walking.

A blood clot on its own is certainly cause for concern. However, what makes DVT particularly worrisome is its propensity to break off and move into other parts of your body. Because of this risk, immediate medical assistance is required to avoid life-threatening complications.

DVT’s link to pregnancy

Pregnant women are five times more likely to develop blood clots compared to women who aren’t pregnant. This is because of changes in their bodies to accommodate their babies. During this time, any blood clots you have more easily lessen blood loss during labor and childbirth. Further, blood flow to your legs is reduced due to your baby pressing against the blood vessels around your pelvis.

Women are also at an increased risk of DVT during childbirth and three months after delivery. This has much to do with lack of mobility as a result of bed rest and recovery after giving birth. Immobility can decrease blood flow to your legs and arms, which may lead to the formation of a blood clot.

Preventing DVT

This sounds scary, but blood clots during and after pregnancy are preventable. The first step is to know your risks. Risk factors for developing blood clots include:

The next step is to talk to your doctor. Together, you can create a blood clot prevention plan so that you can go into your pregnancy armed with all the information and resources you need to avoid blood clots. Your doctor may recommend certain exercises, stretches, and medications to help blood flow.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of DVT could make all the difference. Things to look out for include:

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial that you alert your doctor right away. Early intervention is key. 

If you’re newly pregnant or planning to become pregnant, making a blood clot prevention plan with your doctor is a great way to put your worries at ease while preparing you for complications. Our expert providers at Vascular Vein Centers are here and ready to help. 

Don’t let DVT get in the way of a happy, healthy pregnancy. Contact one of our many conveniently located Central Florida offices today to schedule an appointment. 

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