Prevention of Blood Clots in Your Legs While Pregnant

A new study shows that women with the infertility treatment of IVF have greater risks of blood clots in their legs. There are many reasons women are at greater risk for blood clots in their legs when they become pregnant. Physiologic and anatomic changes during pregnancy increase the risk for thromboembolism. Hypercoagulability, increased venous stasis, decreased venous outflow, uterine compression of the inferior vena cava and pelvic veins, reduced mobility, and changes in levels of coagulation factors normally regulating hemostasis all result in an increased thrombogenic state. You can do many things to reduce your chance of having a clot in your legs. Normalizing weight, having a proper amount of exercise, not being a smoker, and wearing support stockings all reduce your risk of having a blood clot. Increasingly it has become important to know your genetics prior to attempting pregnancy, and we commonly encounter genetic traits that increase the risk of blood clots in your legs if you are pregnancy. It's also important to pay attention to symptoms. Pain or swelling could be a sign of a leg clot. Risk for deep vein thrombosis during pregnancy is greatest in the left lower extremity. So if you have pain or swelling in the left leg, and are pregnant, call your gyno immediately. 


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