I'm not sure exactly if this would be better posted in the birth professionals forum. I'm interested in hearing from anyone with personal experience, though.
Long story short, in the past four years both my mother (in Canada) and my aunt (her sister, living in England) have suffered pulmonary embolisms following minor surgeries. Although it was very serious and scary in both cases, both of them fortunately made a full recovery. Both now will only need to take blood thinners in certain situations (eg. before flying), rather than at all times.
My Aunt's embolism happened a few weeks ago. She has a daughter a few years older than me. Her daughter was advised by her GP that due to her mother's embolism, she is considered at greater risk for blood clots. She was taken immediately off the Pill, which she had been taking for years. She was then referred to a specialist, who told her that she could never go on hormonal birth control again, but more worryingly that if she were to fall pregnant, she would immediately be considered high-risk and would be very closely monitored. She informed the specialist that she had already had two children with straightforward pregnancies, and the specialist replied that she was extremely lucky.
Now, I'm obviously quite concerned. I have the same family history as my cousin, and I had never even considered that I could be at higher risk for a blood clot in pregnancy.
My midwives don't know about my mom's embolism, they have never asked and since it was four years ago, I never thought to mention it. It's something I would have brought up if I was ever facing surgery, but it never occurred to me that my midwives would need to know.
I don't know if this is something I should talk to them about ASAP, or if it can wait 2 weeks until my next appointent. I'm also wondering if this means there will be changes in my care and birth plans. I know that there are differences in prenatal care regulations between England and Ontario, but from what I understand the standards are pretty similar with midwifery care being encouraged and all.
Does anyone have any experience or advice? i'm terrified with every ache and pain now