Clots

Today I have a short informational post about clotting and blood changes in mom after pregnancy and birth.

When you’re pregnant, your body makes more blood so that it can supply you and baby with adequate blood flow. Because of this simple fact, you are at more of a risk of developing a blood clot.

A blood clot in your leg is called a deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) and usually occurs in the calf.

While in the hospital, your nurse will educate you further but things to look for but here is a list of symptoms to refer to:

  • Sharp, one-sided pain in the back of your leg or calf area (if it is a clot, only one calf will have this pain0
  • Redness
  • Heat, warmth of the cafe
  • Pain that worsens when foot is flexed

*If you have any of these, see your doctor ASAP

In rare occurrences, a DVT can move from the location in the leg. The most common places for the clot to travel to are the heart, lungs, or brain. This puts all women who have been pregnant and had a baby at higher risk for heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. If you have any of the following symptoms, call 911!

Heart Attack: 

  • Crushing and tight pain
  • Chest pain
  • Pain your arms, shoulders, back, neck, abdomen, or jaw.
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

Pulmonary Embolism: 

  • Sharp chest pain
  • Pain that worsens when you inhale
  • Shortness of breath
  • En-explained cough
  • Thick, pink sputum

Stroke: 

  • One sided weakness
  • Facial droop
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • One sided paralysis

*If you have any of these symptoms, call 911

This subject is scary but the more informed moms are at home, the less likely an emergency or tragic situation will occur!

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