Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis in Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a wondrous occasion for mom-to-bes, filled with excitement as you anxiously await the arrival of your bundle of joy. But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Pregnancy can do a number on a mother’s body. You’d do whatever it takes to protect your little one but you can’t forget to take care of yourself in the process.
If you don’t care for yourself, you could end up with a painful condition like deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition where a blood clot develops in the deep veins of the legs. The clot can dislodge and travel to the lungs resulting in a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. DVT should be taken seriously but can easily be addressed.
What are symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Deep vein thrombosis is often characterized by a tender or painful feeling in the leg, accompanied by swelling. You could feel it in your thigh or calf and it’s typically reserved to one leg. You may feel warmth at the location, which may also be red or discolored with veins visible to the surface.
What causes deep vein thrombosis in pregnancy?
Deep vein thrombosis is caused by anything that can cause a blood clot. Your medical history will put you at risk if you’ve had a clot before. DVT is more common for women over 35, for smokers, for those who have used oral contraceptives, and if you’ve recently had a caesarean section. If you have fertility treatments or are carrying multiples you are also at higher risk for DVT.
How do I prevent deep vein thrombosis during pregnancy?
DVT is completely preventable for pregnant moms. Preggers compression legwear can be worn during the day throughout your pregnancy to prevent leg clots. The gradient compression technology is tightest at the ankle, gradually loosening up the leg with no binding in the belly to promote optimal circulation and prevent DVT. The high quality legwear can be used throughout your pregnancy and is available at different compression levels to support the various stages of pregnancy. You should also drink plenty of water and avoid sedentary positions, like sitting or standing, for extended periods. Exercise will also help promote circulation.
What kind of exercise can I do while pregnant?
Exercise is just as vital during pregnancy as it is every day, but should be restricted to certain activities. Swimming or walking for 30 minutes per day is recommended. To reduce strain on your body, low impact aerobics and stationary bikes are great to keep your blood pressure under 140 beats per minute. You can even wear your Preggers compression legwear while you are exercising to promote proper circulation at all times.
It’s important to know that DVT can occur at any stage of pregnancy and can still form up to six weeks after the birth of your child. Wearing your Preggers while your body returns to its normal state will stave off any clot formation. Even when your precious child is in your arms and keeping you busy, don’t forget to take care of your own needs as well.