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Having a C Section? Beware of Blood Clots

Posted by tina

blood clots c sectionA recent study has confirmed what many have long suspected -- cesarean sections, like many surgeries, increase a mother's chances of developing dangerous blood clots, especially in the legs. And with c sections on the rise across North America, this is a childbirth risk that has the medical community concerned.

Although some blood clots are small and superficial, others are larger and in deep veins that connect to major organs. The biggest fear is that one of these deep clots breaks off and travels to the lungs, where it could cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. A pregnant woman's risk of deep vein thrombosis is four times as high as the average person's risk, and blood clot risk increases with surgery in general; a surgery during pregnancy is therefore particularly risky.

Luckily, there is one well-known preventative measure that can keep a mom-to-be healthy and safe during the surgery and over the course of c section recovery. According to CBS and HealthDay news, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has introduced guidelines that aim to decrease the incidence of blood clot complications. They insist that women wear inflatable compression devices on their legs during the surgery to prevent blood clots from forming and traveling to the lungs.

The good news is these compression sleeves are relatively inexpensive, painless and easy to use, so it shouldn't be a problem for women to wear them until she is able to walk after delivery, as the guidelines suggest. But beware of blood clots during pregnancy, too. Speak with your doctor about warning signs and whether or not you may be at greater risk for blood clots during pregnancy. Remember that taking care of yourself is the first step toward caring for your unborn baby, and prevention is the best medicine!

Which accessories do you use to stay safe and sound during pregnancy?

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