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How will having a pulmonary embolism affect my baby?
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Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Hypoxia
If a pregnant mother has a pulmonary embolism it could lower her blood oxygen levels and then lower oxygen levels in the fetus.
It is important to avoid/treat any hypoxia in a pregnant mom if it indeed is present.

In brief: Hypoxia
If a pregnant mother has a pulmonary embolism it could lower her blood oxygen levels and then lower oxygen levels in the fetus.
It is important to avoid/treat any hypoxia in a pregnant mom if it indeed is present.
Dr. Donald Elton
Dr. Donald Elton
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree
In brief: Hypoxia
If you are pregnant and developed pe( pulmonary embolism) then you can develop low oxygen(hypoxia) which can cause fetal damage in early stages for organ development or fetal death if severe hypoxia.
Also you should be taking heparin/lovenox injections because they are safer than Coumadin (warfarin) on fetal effect.

In brief: Hypoxia
If you are pregnant and developed pe( pulmonary embolism) then you can develop low oxygen(hypoxia) which can cause fetal damage in early stages for organ development or fetal death if severe hypoxia.
Also you should be taking heparin/lovenox injections because they are safer than Coumadin (warfarin) on fetal effect.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Who has it
If you had pulmonary embolism (pe) while pregnant it could affect your baby development.
The higher oxygen level is and shorter time of low oxygen in your blood is - it is less likely to affect your baby. Make sure you are on blood thinner ( heparin) and if necessary also on oxygen.

In brief: Who has it
If you had pulmonary embolism (pe) while pregnant it could affect your baby development.
The higher oxygen level is and shorter time of low oxygen in your blood is - it is less likely to affect your baby. Make sure you are on blood thinner ( heparin) and if necessary also on oxygen.
Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
Dr. Wojciech Skrzypiec
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
The size and severity of the pe determine the long term effects.
Small pes can be "relatively" well tolerated in that the child survives and does not develop long term problems. But large pes can be life threatening and lead to abnormal heart and lung function.

In brief: Depends
The size and severity of the pe determine the long term effects.
Small pes can be "relatively" well tolerated in that the child survives and does not develop long term problems. But large pes can be life threatening and lead to abnormal heart and lung function.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Talk to your high
Risk OB & get answers.
Good luck as these things can be very successfully managed.

In brief: Talk to your high
Risk OB & get answers.
Good luck as these things can be very successfully managed.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No direct effect.
Pulmonary embolism (pe) is a potentially life threatening event that can occur as a result of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and DVT risk is increased by a factor of about 30 during pregnancy.
Having a pe would not have a direct effect on your fetus, but fetal survival is dependent on maternal survival. Having a DVT and/or a pe will require anticoagulation, which can be done safely during pregnancy.

In brief: No direct effect.
Pulmonary embolism (pe) is a potentially life threatening event that can occur as a result of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and DVT risk is increased by a factor of about 30 during pregnancy.
Having a pe would not have a direct effect on your fetus, but fetal survival is dependent on maternal survival. Having a DVT and/or a pe will require anticoagulation, which can be done safely during pregnancy.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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