C-sections might double blood clot risk


August 26, 2011 2:17:23 PM PDT
The risk of a blood clot is higher during pregnancy and having a c-section nearly doubles that risk. That's why new recommendations were announced Friday.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women having c-sections wear inflatable compression devices on their legs at the time of delivery to prevent clots from forming.

In more risky cases, the group also advises that women receive anti-clotting medications.

Venous thromboembolism in pregnancy usually affects the deep veins of the left leg But those clots could also travel to the lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolism.