What are the risks of taking a novel anticoagulant if I am pregnant?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Novel anticoagulants, or blood thinners, have not yet been studied in pregnant women. Researchers do not know if these drugs pass from the bloodstream, across the placenta, and to the baby, nor do they know what effect this could have on the developing baby. Until more studies are done that are specifically looking at the effect of a novel anticoagulant on pregnant women, you should not take a novel anticoagulant drug if you are pregnant. Other risks include allergic reactions and other side effects.

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