Pregnancy can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) 4- to 5-fold over that in healthy but non pregnant females.
VTE can occur at any trimester in pregnancy and on average, one-two pregnant women in every 1000 will suffer from a VTE during pregnancy or just afterwards.
Once the diagnosis of VTE is made, most usually therapeutic anticoagulation will be prescribed and initiated unless there are health reasons indicating this is contraindicated.
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'Preventing maternal mortality, it's ok to ask' - Developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
An information film made with Miranda Hobson, haematology midwife and St Mary’s Hospital Manchester.