Women are at their highest risk of a blood clot in the six weeks following the baby’s birth.
After delivery, women with clotting disorders need to resume anticoagulation or blood thinner therapy. Women need to continue taking anticoagulants for at least six weeks post-delivery, either injections or an oral anticoagulant, as the risk for bleeding is reduced, to protect themselves from blood clots. The duration of anticoagulation after six weeks post-delivery will depend on a woman’s individual clotting risks.
Women can breastfeed while on LMWH injections or warfarin, but the safety of newer oral anticoagulants as it pertains to breastfeeding has not yet been determined.