Article about C-sections and preventing clots

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Article about C-sections and preventing clots

I saw this today, and thought I'd share. I think I've seen a few ladies around here mention that they've had these inflating things on their legs during C-sections.

http://news.yahoo.com/c-section-protection-blood-clot-urged-200857734.html

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They did put them on me for my c-section. They are really uncomfortable when you start to get feeling back in your legs and they wouldn't take them off until I could move fully. I also promised them I would have my DH help me move my legs every little while and they had me up and walking ASAP too.

It's a good article and one that every woman should be aware of - thanks!

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TFS - my 18 year old nephew had this in June of this year:

Called a DVT, for deep vein thrombosis, this kind of clot usually starts in the leg or groin. But it can kill if it moves up to the lungs, where it's called a pulmonary embolism.

And we found out that the disease he has is genetic. I've wondered if its something I need to talk to my OB about before my surgery.

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Jenn, I would. I'm not sure if you can be genetically disposed to DVT or not but I'd rather be safe than sorry and it takes so little to ensure that you don't get a clot.

Also, you can help yourself by remaining as active as possible during late pg. That includes short walks, chair stretching (you know, when you're seated), anything that keeps the blood pumping.

GL - I hope the rest of your pg and your section are uneventful and easy on you!

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"carg0612" wrote:

Jenn, I would. I'm not sure if you can be genetically disposed to DVT or not but I'd rather be safe than sorry and it takes so little to ensure that you don't get a clot.

No not to DVT but to the disorder that causes your blood to be thick. I have no idea what its called but they told my brother to get tested for it.

I hope I am able to stay active until the end. I've been walking. And after my 1st csection I was walking the halls the next day.

Thanks!

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Very good to know. My sister had a c-section and had only the stockings on her legs. She was up and moving around within hours of her surgery. She died 4 weeks later from pulmonary embolism. When I knew I was having a c-section with the twins, I told my doctor about what happened to my sister. They did put these inflatables on my legs. They were a PITA as I felt tied to my bed since they had to be plugged in, but after reading this, they may just have been my lifesaver. Thanks for sharing!