National Blood Clot Alliance Stop the Clot® Channel

National Blood Clot Alliance Stop the Clot® Channel


If you are planning a pregnancy or
expecting a baby, you know it’s going to be a very exciting and joyful road ahead.
From doctor’s visits where you might catch the first glimpse of your
developing baby during an ultrasound, to decorating the nursery and picking out
precious little baby clothes. You should enjoy all of these special moments. As
you prepare for the day that your baby arrives, keep in mind that when you take
care of yourself you’re taking care of your developing baby. One topic that is
important to discuss with your doctor is your potential risk for blood clots that
can occur during pregnancy, childbirth, and up to three months after the baby is
born. Pregnancy and childbirth are major risks for the development of dangerous
blood clots. But, with the right information, you can take steps to help
prevent a blood clot. First it’s important to know your risks. The primary
factors connected to pregnancy and childbirth that increase the risk for
blood clots are: -The inability to move around due to bed rest during pregnancy
or recovery after delivery -A previous blood clot a family history of blood
clots or a genetic blood clotting disorder -The surgical delivery of a baby
by c-section. Second, take these steps to help prevent blood clots. Talk to your
family about your health history and tell your doctor if you or a family
member has experienced a blood clot in the past. Talk to your doctor about all
of your potential risks for blood clots and work with your doctor to reduce your
risk for blood clots, especially if you’re on bed rest or have a c-section.
Exercise as much as your doctor recommends. Move around or exercise your legs every one to two hours. Drink about ten glasses of liquid each day if you’re
pregnant, and about 12 to 13 glasses of liquid each day if you’re breastfeeding.
If a pregnant woman is at higher risk for developing blood clots, her doctor
may prescribe compression stockings or compression devices that help to keep
blood moving in the legs or a blood thinning medicine that does not affect
the developing baby. Also, contact your doctor immediately if you experience any
of the signs or symptoms of blood clots. The signs and symptoms of a blood clot
in your leg or arm include: -Swelling -Pain or tenderness not caused by an injury
and -The skin may be warm to the touch and red or discolored. The signs and
symptoms of a blood clot in your lung include: -Difficulty breathing -Chest pain
that worsens with a deep breath -Coughing or coughing up blood and -A faster than
normal or irregular heartbeat. Throughout your pregnancy and for the three months
following the delivery of your baby, work with your doctor. Know your risks and how to prevent blood clots. And, be sure to cherish every moment of this very
special time. Don’t let a blood clot spoil your joy. Share this video with
friends and family so they too get the information they need to know about
dangerous blood clots. Stop the clot, spread the word, and maybe even save a
life.

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