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I was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden when I was 19 after my dad had 2 blood clots in his leg and they tested him for Factor V and he was positive. I was immediately taken off birth control as I had been on it since I was 15 and was taking it without breaks to help with my ovarian cysts. I met with a hematologist then and they told me it could be very difficult for me to get pregnant and if I did I would have to be on blood thinners to prevent complications.
I am now 22 and became pregnant in February unplanned. I was lucky to not have a miscarriage as I chose to not go on blood thinners in the beginning. I also was lucky to not have any blood clots myself. But then I read about the posibility of blood clots forming in the placenta and the umbilical cord that can lead to death of the baby. I was very upset because my OB and my hematologist never mentioned this to me. I then made the decision to go on blood thinners for the rest of my pregnancy. I inject myself in the stomach once a day with 40 mg of Lovenox.
Any other momma's out there with the same thing? I also wonder why women aren't tested for Factor V Leiden before they are put on birth control or before they decide to get pregnant as it is actually very common. I have read a lot about women who miscarry over and over and then find out they have it. Or women who get a blood clot in their lung after having a C section because they weren't on blood thinners because they didn't know. I think every woman should ask their doctor about getting tested as it is just a simple blood test. It's a good thing to know to be sure you have a safe pregnancy and to know if you could possibly pass it to your child.