5 Ways to Prevent DVT During Pregnancy
There are countless articles available on “What to expect when you’re expecting.” Whether you are an experienced mother with another on the way, or a first timer, there are always health precautions that you are warned about.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that is often overlooked but concerns pregnant women. According to recent statistics, 2 in 1,000 women will develop a blood clot either during pregnancy or during the first six weeks after giving birth.
DVT is the result of a blood clot in a vein, deep below your skin’s surface. While it can happen to anyone at any time, the risk of this illness is significantly increased during and after pregnancy.
It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of DVT as it’s a painful and potentially fatal condition. While symptoms can vary, a common indication of DVT is swelling of the ankles – more than usual and the inability to anchor one’s heal to the ground due to pain. When DVT is present, the affected area tends to feel warm and have localized redness. While many are often ordered to bed rest in the late trimester, taking additional precautions is imperative to the health of you and your baby. Here are the top five:
Avoid sitting down for extended periods of time
Any activity to promote blood circulation will prevent blood clots from forming. These include walking, dancing, swimming and biking; any type of gentle exercise that stops the body from staying idle for long periods of time prevents DVT considerably.
While laying or sitting, do simple exercises to promote blood flow
Rotating both feet in a clockwise and counterclockwise motion for a few minutes every half hour will circulate the blood flow in the ankles and legs.
Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks
Dehydration is a big risk factor in the process of forming blood clots and DVT. Drink around 3 liters of water a day, especially on hot days, to maintain a healthy water balance.
Avoid crossing the legs
The reason for this is pretty clear; when legs are crossed, circulation is disrupted and can form a blockage, starting a clot.
Even though excited, avoiding sitting that the edge of the seat
Be aware of the body’s positioning on a chair at all times. Ensure that both feet are placed firmly on the ground and back is sitting parallel to the back of the chair for complete support.
DVT is a debilitating condition that can be life threatening. For most, however, it can be treated through Venowave technology – the first device of its kind to provide therapeutic, comfortable and drug-free DVT prevention.