Blood Clotting Risks During Pregnancy and Delivery The Balancing Act
If you’re pregnant or a new mom, congratulations to you and your growing family, but listen up, because we have some information on a rare and dangerous blood clotting disorder that’s important for anyone diagnosed with it, but most of all, for you expectant moms out there. Joining me to talk about this is maternalfetal medicine specialist, Christopher Robinson. Good morning , thank you for joining me. Thank you very much for having.
Me today. So, let’s talk about this blood clotting disorder. What is it? You know, I think a lot of people, when they think of blood clotting, we think of a good thing. We think of, for instance, I cut myself, I stopped bleeding, and that’s great. It’s awesome. The problem is, there are some people who actually clot too easily. In other words, they actually.
Have clots that can put their lives at danger, and the specific clotting disorder we’re going to talk about today is the antithrombin 3 deficiency. It’s a hereditary type of blood clotting. Okay. And so it’s important to recognize that it’s very different than the clotting that we think about in our everyday lives. Yes, because when I think of clotting, I’m not thinking so something so dangerous.
So, how rare is this? It is a rare condition, but not as rare as people think. Okay. In other words, we believe there’s probably around 60,000600,000 people in the United States that have this condition. We believe that probably only a fraction of those individuals actually know they have the disorder. And where is the danger behind it? This scenario is dangerous.
Because it predisposes a woman who is going through the most special time of her life, she’s in pregnancy, she’s planning her family, she’s planning for a healthy baby, she’s looking to the future. She wants to ensure she does everything to get there, but at the same time, she has this deficiency in her blood that causes her to clot spontaneously. It can happen in her arteries. It can happen in her veins. And the risk with that is?.
Well, the worst case scenarios is that clot sets up on one of those vessels and actually moves into her lungs, preventing her from getting adequate oxygen, and placing her life at risk, as well as her baby. Unfortunately, that event is not 100% predictable, so we can’t actually tell her when it’s going to happen, or how it’s going to happen, but these women are at very elevated risk. In fact, 70% of women who have this deficiency in pregnancy will develop a clot, and they.
Can have a lifethreatening event in that pregnancy. Now, you mention, , that it’s inherited. So, are there signs that someone can look for, maybe in terms of maybe recognizing that they could have this? That’s important. So, since it’s inherited, it means we have to look at our whole family. We have to step back and not only think about ourselves, but think about what happened to my mother, what happened to my.