The risk of thromboembolism - a potentially fatal condition in which blood clots block blood flow causing damage to the organs - is higher during pregnancy, experts warn.
VTE in pregnancy usually affects the deep veins of the left leg. Most women who develop clots in their lower legs will experience pain or swelling there, the authors noted.
Pregnancy and blood clots
Blood that clots more easily
Slower blood flow
Compression of pelvic and other veins