Obesity is ‘clot risk in pregnancy’

Obese women more at risk of blood clots in pregnancy

Obese women are more than two and a half times as likely to develop a fatal blood clot on the lung during pregnancy, new research has revealed.

In a study carried out on all the UK’s 229 consultant-led maternity units revealed that obesity and giving birth is a potentially fatal mix, hugely increasing the risk of a clot.

A blood clot in the lung, known as a pulmonary embolism, usually occurs when a clot forms in the arms or the legs and travels to another part of the body.

If it reaches smaller vessels in the lung it can become wedged and prevent blood from travelling further, causing possible sudden death.

The study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, also found that women suffering a clot were not always receiving appropriate treatment.

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