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Pregnancy risks

Pregnancy and childbirth can increase the risk for blood clots

A woman is at increased risk up to 3 months after her baby is born. Risks for blood clots during pregnancy, childbirth, and up to 3 months after the baby is born include

pregnancy immobility

Prolonged immobility due to bed rest during pregnancy or recovery after delivery

Family History

A previous blood clot, a family history of clots, or a genetic blood clotting disorder

Surgical delivery

Delivery by C-section

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Pregnancy at age 35 or older

pregnancy overweight

Overweight or obesity

pregnancy smoking


Other Complications

Certain pregnancy complications, such as pregnancy with multiple babies or the use of fertility treatments involving hormones

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