Postpartum Blood Clots
(Venous Thrombosis; DVT)
Post means "after," and partum means "pregnancy," so postpartum refers to the time period after you have a baby. It's usually considered the first 6 weeks.
A blood clot (called a thrombus) sometimes forms inside a blood vessel. A clot inside a large vein is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Usually the vein is deep in your leg or your pelvic area.
You have an increased risk of getting a blood clot in your veins for 6 or 8 weeks after giving birth
Blood clots may have no symptoms or your leg may hurt and swell
Blood clots can break loose and travel to your lung (pulmonary embolism), which causes breathing problems and may lead to death
Doctors do ultrasound to see if you have a DVT
Doctors treat DVT with medicine to thin your blood