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How does pregnancy increase the risk of pulmonary and other emboli? What happens to your blood in pregnancy?
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology
In brief: Thicker blood
Blood flow during pregnancy is diminished & hypercoagulable (thicker) during pregnancy especially in the lower extremities where blood clots may form called deep venous thrombosis (dvt).
A clot breaking off from the DVT can move (embolize) through the blood stream creating what's known as an embolism. Can be life threatening and result in sudden death.

In brief: Thicker blood
Blood flow during pregnancy is diminished & hypercoagulable (thicker) during pregnancy especially in the lower extremities where blood clots may form called deep venous thrombosis (dvt).
A clot breaking off from the DVT can move (embolize) through the blood stream creating what's known as an embolism. Can be life threatening and result in sudden death.
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