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Warfarin, the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant, or the new oral anticoagulants (dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban), are convenient to take because they do not have to be injected, but they are not considered safe for unborn babies. Standard or “unfractionated” heparin and low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) are safe in pregnancy because they do not cross the placenta and, therefore, do not enter the blood stream of unborn babies. In fact, in women who have thrombophilia , heparin or LMWH may actually improve the outcome of pregnancy in women who have had a previous pregnancy that was complicated by severe high blood pressure of pregnancy (severe preeclampsia). Heparin and LMWH have been used in pregnancy by thousands of women with no birth defects or bleeding problems in their unborn babies.

Full article: http://www.stoptheclot.org/medical-messages/pregnancy-blo...

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