Am I more likely to develop thrombosis or blood clots when I am pregnant?

Your blood has a tendency to clot particularly well when you are pregnant. This is because of an increase in the production of clotting factors by your liver, and guards against haemorrhage at delivery. The downside of this is that in pregnancy you are more likely to get a thrombosis (clot) of blood in a vein in your leg deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be dangerous, especially if a fragment of the clot breaks off and travels to your lung (pulmonary embolus, PE). Any calf pain, if accompanied by swelling, redness or tenderness, should be reported to your doctor straight away. If your family doctor is not available remember you can phone the labour ward of your local hospital 24 hours a day.
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