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Causes of Passing Blood Clots in Pregnancy



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Having children is one of the biggest things that can happen in your life. The pregnancy, which lasts for up to forty weeks, is the planning period in which couples prepare for parenthood. Parenthood, itself, can and will be “adventurous.” However, pregnancy is the start of the journey for the mother. Also, pregnancy is one of the dangerous stages for the expecting mother. Because of the risks involved with pregnancy, current or soon to be first time mothers have to take it easy. Many things can happen during the pregnancy. Unfortunately, some of those many things are bad and increase the mother's chances of having a miscarriage.

An eHow article on blood clots during pregnancy explains that, as an expecting mother, you need to check for blood every time you use the bathroom. When checking for blood, be sure to pay attention to color and consistency. It is normal to have a few light spots. You can tell if there is a passing blood clot should the blood be dark and thick. Should it be the latter, do not initially be alarmed.

During a pregnancy, expect to bleed. WebMD, on its article on blood clots during pregnancy, explains that the lining of the uterus thickens in preparation for pregnancy. Then, the body sheds the lining with blood. For that reason, you bleed during pregnancy. But, be sure to regularly talk to your attending physicians. Should you bleed heavily along with the feelings of cramps, then there is much cause to be alarmed.

EmedicineHealth.com, in an entry on pregnancy bleeding, lists bleeding in two periods: first trimester bleeding and late-pregnancy bleeding. The normal bleeding is called “implantation bleeding” which is considered common. Causes for passing blood clots during the first trimester are urinary tract infections, dehydration, involvement in physical trauma, use of certain drugs/medications, open cervix and still passing blood, placental abruption, and ectopic pregnancy.

In regards to late-pregnancy bleeding the causes are multiple pregnancies, past Cesarean or C-Section delivery, placental abruption (caused by at least a blood pressure of 140/90, trauma, drug use, substance abuse, and past pregnancy abruption), uterine rupture (caused by over four pregnancies, trauma, constant use of oxytocin, baby in any position other than the head down position, baby's shoulder caught in pubic bone, and certain forceps deliveries), fetal vessel rupture, injuries to the vagina, and hemophilia. Keep in mind that hemophilia is an inherited genetic problem.

WebMd adds past miscarriages, fibroids, and hormonal changes as further causes for passing blood clots. In the case of fibroids, pregnant females have a high chance of getting more blood clots than before. In regards to hormonal changes, this can be caused by menopause, recent major change in the mother's weight, side effects of drugs/medications, large uterus, obstruction of menstrual blood, adenomyosis, and/or endometriosis.

Even after the pregnancy, you could still have passing blood clots. On the website called “Baby Centre,” a person asks a question about getting a passed blood clot three weeks after giving birth.

A user that answered the question explains that the passing blood clot is normal due to the uterus shrinking back to the normal size. Give or take a few weeks, the clotting will lesson.

Also, the user suggests that the mother may have started to get more active again after the birth. Because of that, the mother's body could be responding to the increase of activity. However, the user suggests that the mother remains active but in moderation for the time being.

But, the passing clot could also be caused by an infection after the birth due to a piece of membrane or placenta remaining behind in the uterus. The first-sign symptoms are passing blood clots and/or red blood. If that is the case, call your doctor immediately.

Remember, passing blood clots during pregnancy is supposed to be normal and natural. However, be sure to get immediate medical help if you feel that you are bleeding too much and/or starting to feel cramps or something else.

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