Blood Clots how common are they today? very common.
I want Pregnant women to be aware that they are common during pregnancy. Why cause i had one develop during my third pregnancy. Here is my story and how it was picked up by me!
I was 34
weeks pregnant with my third child my previous 2 pregnancy's were a bliss no morning sickness no hassles fantastic labours,no drugs and no stiches. The best births a women could ask for wasn't that going to change. around 32 weeks pregnant i was really puffed couldn't do anything,couldn't walk from my car to my sons class room,couldn't walk up 20 stairs to my bedroom without collapsing on the ground gasping for breath. I was due for my 34 week checkup with the midwives,while i was there i told them what had been happening and they were saying you are fine its your baby pressing on your diaphragm, i am like geez ok. so i left he hospital and went to see my grandmother who was a old school nurse i was crying to her and saying i don't feel well nan i no that there is something wrong. She told me to go and see someone else as i no my own body.Those wise words saved my life.
I booked my self in to the gynocologist which took a few days to get into but i was there,he himself didn't seem to concerened but sent me for a DVT scan (deep vein thrombosis) clear they then sent me for a heart scan clear. i am begining to think maybe it was my baby that was doing this to me. The DVT specialist suggested that i travel to launceston which was an hour from where i lived to have a lung scan.
As soon as i got to the emergency department i was addmited for a lung scan i went and had a scan crying the whole time as its radiation i was fretting about my unborn child they kept telling me its ok its a low level that my baby will be safe,but of course i was thinking the worst.
Within 5 minuts of having the scan i had doctors and nurses injecting me, putting drips in ,you name it is was like it was a code blue it was so scary they new what was going on except me.
After they had me set up they told me that i had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot on the lung) led to belive it came from my legs they said to me that i was lucky that they had discovered it as it was on its way to my brain omg if i didn't take my nans advice i would not be here today.They would of never dicovered it if i didn't speak up!!!
I was put on clexain injections which is a blood thinner i was to be on that until i gave birth, i sat in that hospital not knowing what was going to happen to me for days. I have never cried so much in all my life.
At 36 weeks pregnant i went into labour excited as i could go on warfrin a better drug for me with my blood clotting as i wasn't allowed to go on it until the baby came out as its harmful.
Because i had only just had a clexain injection i wasn't allowed to give birth for 48 hours cause i could bleed to death. 48 hours later i gave birth by drip to a healthy baby boy 6 pound 7 4 weeks prem they told me that my baby would of been around 11 pound full time thank god he decided to come early.
I am now on asprin for the rest of my life but unable to have any more children
If you think that tou have had or even have these systems please ask for your doc to look. They blame to much on the baby.
Chest pain: Pain is very sharp and stabbing in nature, has a sudden onset, and is worse when taking a deep breath (referred to as pleuritic chest pain).
Shortness of breath
Anxiety or apprehension
Cough: Usually, this cough is dry, but it may be associated with blood.
What Is A PE?
A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot in the lung. It usually comes from smaller vessels in the leg, pelvis, arms, or heart. When a clot forms in the legs or arms, it is referred to as a DVT
The clot travels through the vessels of the lung continuing to reach smaller vessels until it becomes wedged in a vessel that is too small to allow it to continue farther. The clot gets wedged and prevents any further blood from traveling to that section of the lung.
When no blood reaches a section of the lung, that portion of the lung suffers an infarct, meaning it dies because no blood or oxygen is reaching it.
Pregnant Women and Blood Clots?
Most women with a thrombophilia have healthy pregnancies. However, the thrombophilias contribute to a number of pregnancy complications, including fetal losses that occur in late in the first trimester or in the second or third trimesters (i.e., stillbirths), placental abruption (when the placenta separates from the uterine wall, partially or completely, before delivery) and poor fetal growth.
Pregnant women with a thrombophilia are also at higher risk than other pregnant women of developing a VTE. However, even pregnant women without a thrombophilia are more likely than non-pregnant women to develop a VTE. This is due to normal pregnancy-related changes in blood clotting that limit blood loss during labor and delivery. Pulmonary embolus is now the leading cause of maternal death
THIS WAS THE MOST SCARIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY LIFE AND I JUST WANT OTHER WOMEN TO BEWARE