By Dr. Anuradha Khurana, Gynaecology
Women during pregnancy are more prone to blood clots. The occurrence of blood clots during pregnancy is more commonly known as DVT or deep-vein thrombosis in the medical world. Deep-vein thrombosis refers to a condition in which blood clots form in the veins of the pelvic region or legs. Blood clots during pregnancy definitely aggravate the risks associated with pregnancy. Women generally experience blood clots in the first three months of their pregnancy.
The symptoms of blood clot during pregnancy include:
- You may notice swelling in the calf and thigh region.
- Pain sensation in your pelvic and leg region.
- Feeling of pain in the legs while walking.
- If the condition is severe, then it may lead to chest pain or breathing troubles.
Deep-vein thrombosis or blood clot during pregnancy may become fatal in nature if it results in Pulmonary Embolism, where the blood vessels of the lungs get affected. Blood clot in pregnant women can be treated by prescribing an anticoagulant which helps to prevent the blood from clotting further.
Blood clot during pregnancy may be prevented in the following ways:
- A healthy lifestyle can help you to prevent blood clots.
- Exercising regularly is extremely beneficial for proper blood circulation and can also help you to prevent blood clots.
- Do not lead a sedentary lifestyle; a sedentary lifestyle is pretty much always the menace.
- Seeking a doctor’s advice at an initial stage is very important to avoid further complications such as heart attacks or miscarriage.