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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Blood Clot During Pregnancy

The scoop on why you're more prone to dangerous blood clots during pregnancy, how to know if you could be at risk and what to do if you get one.

What’s the best way to treat a blood clot?

If you develop a blood clot during pregnancy, you’ll likely be given a medication that’s an anticoagulant, that is, it helps prevent the blood from clotting. Warm compresses can also help to treat a clot that’s close to the skin’s surface.

What can I do to prevent a blood clot from forming?

If you’re taking a long trip (more than few hours), get up every 20 minutes or so and move about (you’ll probably be hitting the bathroom about that often anyway, depending on how late into the pregnancy you’re going). Cut down on the amount of salt in your diet, which can cause swelling, and try not to cross your legs for long periods of time. If you’re stuck home on bed rest, don’t use pillows under your knees and ask your doctor if there are any exercises you can do to cut down on your risk.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have blood clots?

“I’m pregnant through IUI and have some blood clotting issues in my uterus. My perinatal doctor put me on Lovenox and baby aspirin and doesn’t seem too concerned. I had some severe bleeding around week 12.”

“I had a blood clot in my uterus. I bled around week 7, but baby was fine. The doctor put me on a ton of prescription folic acid and a baby aspirin per day. As of now, the clot is shrinking and barely noticeable.”

“I was diagnosed last week with multiple blood clots in superficial veins. Without testing to see whether I might have a blood clotting disorder, the on-call OB wants me to take a baby aspirin daily until 20 weeks.”

Are there any other resources for blood clots?

National Blood Clot Alliance

-- Robert Wool, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University

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