Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Answers to whether or not you could be at risk for DVT -- and if you get it, how to deal.
What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during pregnancy?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when a clot forms in a vein -- you're more prone to it during pregnancy.
What are the signs of DVT during pregnancy?
You’ll probably have swelling and pain, especially in one leg, where the clots are most common.
Are there any tests for DVT during pregnancy?
An ultrasound (of the leg, not your belly!) can usually confirm or rule out DVT.
How common is DVT during pregnancy?
About one or two pregnant women in 1,000 will develop DVT during (or just after) pregnancy.
How did I get DVT during pregnancy?
Pregnant women are especially susceptible to clots because pregnancy is a “hypercoagulable state”-- which just means that blood is more prone to clotting during pregnancy!
How will my DVT affect my baby?
A DVT is dangerous because the clot could break apart and travel to your lungs, where it could potentially kill you (yikes!). But if caught in time -- and properly treated -- a DVT won’t hurt you (or your baby!) at all.
What’s the best way to treat DVT during pregnancy?
An injectable medicine called heparin helps thin the blood slightly to prevent further clotting (and to give your body time to absorb the existing clot). You might also be asked to wear special compression stockings to encourage circulation throughout your body (see next page for prevention, resources and more tips).