According to the American Pregnancy Association, women have the highest chance of developing a blood clot in the first three months of pregnancy or the first six weeks after giving birth. The risks of blood clots increase if you are often traveling while pregnant, stationary for an extended period, or having a cesarean section.
Blood clots can cause miscarriage, premature birth and in rare cases, heart attack and stroke. To help moms prevent blood clots, The Breastfeeding Shop will now be carrying the PlasmaFlow. First, let’s dive into the risks and signs of a blood clot during pregnancy:
WHAT IS A BLOT CLOT?
A blood clot forms when blood changes from a liquid to a solid. Commonly, a blood clot occurs when you have a cut. The blood clot keeps the wound from continuous bleeding. The blood is more likely to clot during pregnancy to protect the body from losing too much blood during labor.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Pregnant women have a higher chance of having blood clots than non – pregnant women. This increased chance is due to hormonal changes. During pregnancy, the body increases clotting as a way to lessen blood loss during labor.
There is also reduced blood flow to the legs as a result of the fetus’ weight pressing down on veins.
The following are other risk factors:
- You are over 35 years of age
- You are expecting multiples
- Being stationary for long periods
- You have a Cesarean section birth
- You travel long distances while pregnant
- A family history of blood clots
- You are overweight
- You are expecting multiples
SIGNS OF A BLOOD CLOT
Although (SOURCE LINK) blood clots are unlikely to occur with only 1 or 2 pregnant women out of every 1,000, there are a few signs that can indicate the possibility of a blood clot.
Early Warning Signs Include:
- Swelling or pain in one leg
- Pain that worsens when you walk
- Veins that look bigger than normal
THE RISKS OF BLOOD CLOTS DURING PREGNANCY
- Blood clots in the placenta
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
WHAT CAN MOMS DO?
Firstly, the most important thing is to talk with a doctor and discuss risk factors based on family history and genetic predisposition.
Beyond medical treatment, here are a few other things moms can do to decrease the risk of blood clots during pregnancy:
- Be active: It’s important to keep moving. If you are stationary or overweight, your chances of having a blood clot will increase. If you have to be on bed rest due to an injury or complication in your pregnancy, a compression machine, such as the PlasmaFlow, will keep blood circulated.
- Keep moving when traveling: Make sure to get up and walk around if you need to take a flight somewhere. You can do small exercises while you sit to keep the blood flowing properly. This also applies to long bus or car rides.
- Compression socks: Compression socks help improve circulation and reduce swelling in the legs for those who have to remain stationary. As mentioned in a previous post, compression socks help improve circulation and reduce swelling in the legs for those who have to remain stationary. The PlasmaFlow performs similar duties as it stimulates blood to the extremities. This is especially helpful for those who are required to stay in bed for medical reasons.
- Stay hydrated: Drinking a large amount of water during pregnancy helps prevent clots by keeping the blood from getting too thick.
PLASMAFLOW PREVENTS BLOOD CLOTS
With blood clots being a concern for pregnant women, especially those having a cesarean section birth, it’s essential to have good blood circulation in the body to avoid complications. The Breastfeeding Shop will now offer the PlasmaFlow.
This new technology helps pregnant women to get the proper blood circulation their body needs to prevent blood clots. The PlasmaFlow is lightweight, portable, and stimulates blood flow throughout the body.
- Portable, lightweight and tubeless
- Long lasting rechargeable battery with up to 10 hours of use on one charge
- 2 Modes: Slow inflation and Step-Up Technology which allows the unit to increase pressure in slower increments
- 2 LCD screens to monitor usage and pressure