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are blood clots in pregnancy dangerous for the baby?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
They can be: Blood clots in your leg or lungs can be a problem for both you and your baby. If you develop clots in the lungs it can decrease the amount of oxygen you can get to your baby. If you have clots in one place, you can also get them in the blood vessels going to the uterus. This can also decrease the oxygen and nutrients to your baby. Be sure to take your medications if you have blood clots.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Concern: Unlikely to harm baby but needs evaluation and possible treatment. Speak to your ob/gyn and may need to see a vascular surgeon.
Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Blood clots in the legs , lungs , heart or brain of the mother can be very dangerous for both mother and baby. Blood clots behind the placenta may decrease blood , oxygen and food supply to baby. Fortunately, there are medications like Heparin which can thin the blood and prevent clots in those at high risk for clots.

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