There is a lot of confusion when it comes to Pregnancy and DVT suffers. If you have had DVT and are in a high-risk category, pregnancy makes that risk higher.
The first thing to understand is that despite what certain GP’s may tell you, pregnancy is possible for women with a high risk of thrombosis, although I have been told by two GP’s that I should consider Adoption and getting pregnant would be taking my life into my own hands. This certainly isn’t the case.
One of the problems with pregnancy is that pregnant women cannot take Warfarin after the sixth week of pregnancy. As Warfarin can be passed from mother to unborn child and can cause foetal defects. If you are on Warfarin and considering pregnancy or think you are pregnant please seek medical advise immediately.
Low molecular weight Heparin on the other hand is safe to use during pregnancy, and if you are at high risk of developing another clot, your doctor may advise for daily Heparin injections.
Even if you are in a high risk category of developing another clot, pregnancy isn’t impossible, although it is a much bigger decision than if you were not at risk.
Should you be considering pregnancy, please discuss this with your Doctor, who will be able to advise you further.
For further information about DVT and pregnancy, please have a look at the Thrombosis Charity leaflet on Pregnancy.