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Family 411: Deep Vein Thrombosis

Doctors stress pregnant women avoid becoming anxious unless there's a family history or history of yourself having blood clots. If you're traveling anytime soon, and there's no room to walk around on a long flight, raise your calf and thigh muscles while seated. (WSYX)

COLUMBUS (WSYX / WKRC) - It can happen while traveling long distances.

Moms-to-be also share what can be a deadly condition, a blood clot that develops deep in a vein.

Sharing a walk with her baby boy Jackson is the life for Mary Dillhoff.

Nearly four months earlier -- life was dramatically different, and scary.

Mary developed deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

She was 35 weeks pregnant.

“I was so fit that I just couldn't imagine it could happen to me,” she said. “I ran nearly every day. I ran a marathon.”

Mary ignored a tell-tale sign and she knew better -- she's a surgeon.

“I had symptoms. I had shortness of breath that was pretty significant but I ignored until my leg was blue and swollen.”

Ultrasounds pinpointed the troubled vein for vascular surgeon Dr. Mounir Haurani. DVT develops in major veins in the leg and pelvic areas. There's usually swelling and tenderness. Some may not realize they have a clot

People more at risk are those who are pregnant, have cancer or had traumatic injuries.

You can also develop DVT while traveling.

"Anytime anyone is planning on a trip for more than 2 hours whether it's driving or flying or the train we recommend to get up and walk around every couple of hours,” Haurani said.

Most clots are treated with blood thinners. Some people like Mary benefit from surgery

Part of Mary's clot broke off and went to her lung. She was induced to have Jackson three weeks early, then had the surgery.

Life returned to what she knew and loved.

“I think I started running one week afterwards,” Mary said. “I think the important thing is to not ignore.”

Doctors stress pregnant women avoid becoming anxious unless there's a family history or history of yourself having blood clots. If you're traveling anytime soon, and there's no room to walk around on a long flight, raise your calf and thigh muscles while seated.

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