A woman’s risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) varies with hormonal exposure, making pregnancy, use of hormone replacement therapy or birth control products important risk factors. According to the Vascular Disease Foundation, DVT and PE are the most common causes of maternal-related deaths.
Preventing blood clots during pregnancy
What can you do to prevent clots during pregnancy? The American Society of Hematology recommends the following:
- Be aware of risk factors.
- Know your family history.
- Make sure your doctor knows about any history of blood clots or blood clotting disorders in your family.
- Remain active, with your doctor’s approval.
- Be aware of the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. Visit your doctor immediately if you think you have one.