Information for Patients
Also called: Hypercoagulability
Normally, if you get hurt, your body forms a blood clot to stop the bleeding. After the bleeding stops and healing takes place, your body usually breaks down and removes the clot. But some people get too many clots or their blood clots abnormally. Many conditions can cause the blood to clot too much or prevent blood clots from dissolving properly.
Risk factors for excessive blood clotting include
- Certain genetic disorders
- Atrial fibrillation
- Overweight, obesity, and metabolic syndrome
- Some medicines
- Staying in one position for a long time, such as being in the hospital or taking a long car or plane ride
- Cancer and cancer treatments
- Arterial embolism (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Blood clots (Medical Encyclopedia)
- D-dimer test (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Prothrombin time (PT) (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Superficial thrombophlebitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Thrombophlebitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
Also called: Post-pregnancy health
Taking home a new baby is one of the happiest times in a woman's life. But it also presents both physical and emotional challenges.
- Get as much rest as possible. You may find that all you can do is eat, sleep, and care for your baby. And that is perfectly okay. You will have spotting or bleeding, like a menstrual period, off and on for up to six weeks.
- You might also have swelling in your legs and feet, feel constipated, have menstrual-like cramping. Even if you are not breastfeeding, you can have milk leaking from your nipples, and your breasts might feel full, tender, or uncomfortable.
- Follow your doctor's instructions on how much activity, like climbing stairs or walking, you can do for the next few weeks.
- Doctors usually recommend that you abstain from sexual intercourse for four to six weeks after birth.
In addition to physical changes, you may feel sad or have the "baby blues." If you are extremely sad or are unable to care for yourself or your baby, you might have a serious condition called postpartum depression.
Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health
- After vaginal delivery - in the hospital (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Losing weight after pregnancy (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Questions to ask your doctor about going home with your baby (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Questions to ask your doctor about post pregnancy care (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Vaginal delivery - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)