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Postpartum Blood Clots

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Last full review/revision Sep 2020
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Post means "after," and partum means "pregnancy," so postpartum refers to the time period after you have a baby. It's usually considered the first 6 weeks.

A blood clot (called a thrombus) sometimes forms inside a blood vessel. A clot inside a large vein is called deep vein thrombosis Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Thrombosis is when a blood clot (called a thrombus) blocks a blood vessel. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is when a blood clot forms inside a large vein. Usually the vein is deep in your leg, but... read more (DVT). Usually the vein is deep in your leg or your pelvic area.

What are the symptoms of a postpartum blood clot?

You may have no symptoms or you may have:

  • Pain, tenderness, warmth, and swelling in your leg

  • Sometimes a fever

A pulmonary embolism may cause chest pain or make you feel short of breath.

How can doctors tell if I have a postpartum blood clot?

How do doctors treat a postpartum blood clot?

Doctors treat a deep venous blood clot using:

  • Medicine to thin your blood to prevent more clotting

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