Heparin Therapy to Prevent Miscarriage

on Nov 10, 2012

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Heparin Therapy to Prevent Miscarriage

The formation of blood clots is one of the most common causes of miscarriage. Here are six facts everyone should know before turning to heparin therapy to prevent miscarriage.

A pregnancy that ends up in miscarriage is a traumatic event from both the physical and the emotional point of view. The formation of blood clots is one of the most common causes of this unhappy event in the life of a woman. If it takes place more than once, doctors usually recommend following a treatment based on anticoagulants during the whole period of the pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Warfarin and heparin

Warfarin and heparin are two of the best known drugs that prevent clots. While the first mentioned is not prescribed to pregnant women because of the harmful effects it may have on the development of embryo and fetus, the second one is widely used. Here are six facts everyone should know before turning to heparin therapy to prevent miscarriage.

Efficient especially with aspirin

For an increased efficiency, this drug is often administrated in combination with aspirin. It is recognized for its property in thinning the blood and preventing its clotting. It is always indicated to consult a doctor before combining these medicines, especially since you need a prescription for heparin.

Medical tests needed prior to use

You must undergo various medical tests prior to taking heparin, in order to determine precisely if you really need to follow this treatment during pregnancy. The existence of a stillborn, a sequence of several miscarriages or the presence of preeclampsia are other criteria used by doctor to clarify this issue.

Following the prescriptionk

You have to follow the doctor’s indications by the book and to take the drug according to the plan he or she indicates. Taking it regularly is an important part of the heparin therapy to prevent miscarriage, and skipping one or more doses can have serious consequences on both your health and that of your baby.

Taking plenty of rest and avoiding activities needed

If you consider following this type of treatment, it is indicated to get plenty of rest and to avoid activities during which you can get injured or cut. This is because any open wound can bleed massively, due to the blood clotting slower than usual.

Upon going to the hospital for delivery

When you go to the hospital for delivery, you must inform all the members of the medical staff that assist you about the treatment with anticoagulants you follow. More than that, you must tell them when the last time you took heparin was before you came to the hospital. This way, they know when to administrate you the epidural injection and they monitor closely the amount of blood you lose while giving birth.

Herapin therapy after the baby is born

Usually, the heparin therapy also continues after the baby is born, for the body to heal properly. Taking this drug while breastfeeding is completely safe for the newborn, since the substances that compose it do not pass in the milk.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • emmysleep2

    I stopped taking birth control and I got my period but could I still be pregnant?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Yes; there is a good chance for you to get pregnant soon, given that you had your period already. It is best that you monitor your ovulation date and increase your sexual intercourse during your fertile window, which is 4 to 5 days before your ovulation. Also, I do recommend that you take fertility pills such as Clomid, Fertibella and Vitex to induce your ovulation and improve your chances of conceiving soon.

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  • Sandhya Gupta

    From what week after LMP should heparin injection be taken post conception. Is it right after positive home test or after heartbeat is detected in ultrasound.

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