BabyFit Tip: If you think you may be at risk for a blood clot, discuss your concern with your doctor. She may recommend the use of a leg compression device, designed to help get blood moving. Doctors and experts also recommend that new moms get out of bed and start walking as soon as possible to prevent a fatal clot from occurring. *Researchers caution that because nearly all the women in this study were white, these findings may not apply to women of other races.
While on bed rest or when recovering after delivery, discuss with your doctor just how much activity you are allowed to do. Get her clearance for each of the following in-bed activities, which promote circulation:
- Ankle Pumps: Lying down with legs extended, move your foot and ankle up and down for 10-15 repetitions; repeat with opposite leg. Do one set every hour.