May 26, 2013

Miscarriages & Maternal Death - Dangers of Pregnancy on Coumadin, what to do!!!

At the request of one my members from the Blood Disorder Network, I've decided to write a very important article about the dangers Coumadin poses in pregnancies, especially since blood complications are the #1 leading reasons for miscarriages and deaths to expecting mothers and their unborn babies.

As quoted by the FDA: "COUMADIN may cause birth defects, miscarriage, or death of your unborn baby." This is a serious warning for pregnant women who are on Coumadin while pregnant.

Here's a PDF document posted by the FDA:


So What Are My Options?

From my research, doctors who are aware of the effects of Coumadin, and who are aware of their patients’ potential blood disorders, usually administer "Lovenox" injections to their patients for the 1st 36 weeks of their pregnancy, then start their patients on Heparin injections for the remainder of the term.


What is Lovenox?

"LOVENOX® must be used with care in patients who have any of the following: problems with clotting, uncontrolled high blood pressure, a recent ulcer, impaired vision due to diabetes, kidney problems, and excessive bleeding. Pregnant women with mechanical prosthetic (artificial) heart valves may be at higher risk for blood clots. These patients who are treated with LOVENOX® must be carefully monitored by their doctor." Source:


What are Heparin Injections?

"Heparin is used to prevent blood clots from forming in people who have certain medical conditions or who are undergoing certain medical procedures that increase the chance that clots will form. Heparin is also used to stop the growth of clots that have already formed in the blood vessels, but it cannot be used to decrease the size of clots that have already formed." Source: NLM.NIH.GOV (U.S. National Library of Medicine)


Why is Heparin Injections Administered after 36 Weeks?

Heparin is administered to help an expecting mother to have a normal recovery process, by preventing any blood clots from forming or causing serious problems after delivery.

Many pregnant mothers, who have a blood disorder (also for some who don't), are intentionally induced and their water is broken after 36 weeks to ensure a safe pregnancy (This is after taking Lovenox within the 1st 36 weeks). The Heparin has been administered to ensure no clots are formed, or blood related complications become a threat during the labor, or postpartum period. These steps are sometimes crucial to help the mother of an expecting child to have a full, healthy recovery.


What if My Specialists Don't Agree with Me?

This is an all too familiar case when it comes to wanting answers or trying to get doctors to listen. In some cases, when you're faced with dealing with only one team of specialists, sometimes due to your location, the key is to seek out other professionals to help you.

With pregnancies, there are other specialists that can help with your case, and to help fight for you. One of the most important specialist within your arsenal are called an: Obstetrician a.k.a. OB/GYN practitioner!

Obstetricians: "Is the medical specialty dealing with the care of all women's reproductive tracts and their children during pregnancy (prenatal period), childbirth and the postnatal period. Many obstetricians are also gynecologists, meaning they perform in both specialties. In the United States, these physicians are commonly referred to as OB/GYNs." Source:


What are the Dangers with Pregnancies and Blood Clotting?

For more information about the dangers of pregnancies and blood clotting, please see my previous article here:


Maternal Death Statistics:

Remember, blood related issues are the #1 cause of miscarriages and death of expecting mothers and their babies. This is NOT to be taken lightly.

As stated by the WHO in its 2005 World Health Report "Make Every Mother and Child Count", the major causes of maternal deaths are: severe bleeding/hemorrhage (25%), infections (13%), unsafe abortions (13%), eclampsia (12%), obstructed labour (8%), other direct causes (8%), and indirect causes (20%). Indirect causes are malaria, anaemia,[3] HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular disease, all of which may complicate pregnancy or be aggravated by it." Source:


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Martin R. Lemieux

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