Passed Clot During Pregnancy
Having a complication during pregnancy can be scary. One of the most worrisome problems for many expecting moms is passing a clot during pregnancy.
What is a clot?
When referring to a clot during pregnancy, it is typically in reference to a blood clot. A clot is a jelly-like material and can be red, brown, or dusky pink in color. Clots comprised of blood cells and proteins can be caused by abnormal menstrual flow, a miscarriage, or due to hormonal changes in the body from pregnancy.
When a clot passes during pregnancy
Most often a clot during pregnancy will pass during labor and delivery. However, depending on where the clot is located, a clot can also be expelled during a miscarriage or later in the pregnancy due to contractions.
What to expect after passing a clot during pregnancy
Immediately after passing a clot during pregnancy, it is normal to experience some cramping and discomfort. If the clot is large, it can be uncomfortable when passing.
When to call the doctor
It is important to keep an eye out for other symptoms. If a high fever, heavy bleeding, or an increase in pain is noted, contact a medical care provider right away.
Tips for managing a clot during pregnancy
- Rest: A doctor can advise on how much rest is appropriate for a particular situation, but resting as much as possible can ensure the body has enough energy to recover from the trauma of passing a clot.
- Hydration: Staying hydrated can help the body to heal itself and manage cramping.
- Diet: Eating more nutrient-dense foods during this time can also help to heal the body and promote better overall health.
When to seek medical attention
If you experience any of the following warning signs, contact a medical care provider right away:
- Fever greater than 100.4F
- Heavy bleeding
- Intense abdominal pain
- Pain lasting more than 24 hours
Passing a clot during pregnancy can be concerning, but with proper rest and self-care, many women recover quickly. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about clots during your pregnancy.
What are the risks of passing a clot during pregnancy?
The primary risks of passing a clot during pregnancy are:
1. Abnormal bleeding: Heavy or prolonged vaginal bleeding or the passing of a large clot can be indicative of a miscarriage or other pregnancy complication. It is important to call your healthcare provider if you experience any kind of abnormal bleeding during pregnancy.
2. Preterm delivery: A large clot or prolonged bleeding can be associated with an increased risk of early labor.
3. Placental abruption: If a clot is strong enough to move through your cervix, the placenta can tear away from the uterine wall, potentially causing heavy bleeding and an emergency cesarean section.
4. Infection: Passing clots can increase your risk of potential infection.
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