Many people don’t realize that pregnant women are at increased risk for a blood clot also known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) ― a serious and potentially fatal condition. In fact, a pregnant woman’s risk is four to five times greater than that of a non-pregnant woman.
One woman in every thousand is at risk for developing VTE during her pregnancy and may need preventative care. And that risk rises to three in every thousand if she undergoes a C-section.
According to one study, VTE, including pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot that travels to the lungs, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the vein, is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the United States.