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 can I do to prevent DVT?
Don’t smoke. Smoking increases your risk of clots, whether you’re pregnant or not. It’s also important to keep moving. Long hours of sitting or standing can increase your risk of clots (because the blood tends to pool in your legs), so get up and move around every hour, if possible.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have DVT?
“I’m sure everyone I know is sick to death of hearing about my DVT, but I try to educate people because it’s easy to just pass off the pain as a muscle ache (I did for over six weeks). I feel lucky to have not had a PE and don’t want anyone to go through what I went through. Hopefully the news will have more stories like this one on how to help get the word out.”
“I had a clot in my leg in 2006 and also had to do about a week of Lovenox and a year of Coumadin. The doctor was constantly adjusting my medication. I never experienced side effects from being on the blood thinners. I’d cut myself shaving or something else, and I didn’t actually notice too much of a difference in bleeding.”
“I had DVT in January from my birth control. A piece broke off and went into my lung. I was in the hospital on IV Heparin for 2 weeks and I’m on Coumadin now. Make sure you’re diligent about going to the doctor and getting your INR levels checked, so your dosage is accurate.”
Are there any other resources for DVT?
Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis
Vascular Disease Foundation
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