my genetic pain it the butt…

A few weeks ago, I found out that I had a genetic disorder, called Factor V Leiden. It’s a pretty common disorder and typically has a low incidence of problems. This was something that I was born with but never knew until my midwife tested me since my sister has this disorder as well. I didn’t think it would come back positive, because I have never had any symptoms or problems with any kinds of blood clots. I had no idea that I had this, and most people don’t know they have it. There are two types, heterozygous and homozygous. I got the least risky from, heterozygous, which means I got it from just one of my parents.

According to my state law, since I’m pregnant and having a midwife deliver, I had to have a consult with an OB/GYN to get a plan of action. Today, I went to my appointment with a specialist and was recommended to take a baby aspirin during my pregnancy and then after delivery to be on lovenox shots for 6 weeks. With increased hormones during pregnancy and shortly after it can increase risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, placental abruptions, pre-eclampsia, miscarriages, and low birth weight.

The incidents that led to my sisters blood clots were different than mine and I am really not worried about developing a blood clot. However, I do not want to endanger my baby or myself. Rather than take any chemical medications, I will follow a more natural regimen, unless I start having symptoms. This will include things I have already been doing such as garlic, ginger, turmeric, cod liver oil, exercise, and more. Here is a list of other diet recommendations.


So far all of the baby or low dose, aspirin have ingredients like this:

active Ingredients: Aspirin (NSAID [Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug]) – 81 mg

inactive Ingredients: Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Corn Starch, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, Hypromellose, Methacrylic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Polydextrose, Polyethylene Glycol, Shellac Wax, Simethicone, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Triacetin, Triethyl Citrate
…and come with some side effects or warnings, which include a part that states not recommended during the last 3 months of pregnancy. You can click here for more information.

“There are reports that some foods and drinks can help thin the blood. They include:

  • vegetables, like lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, and onions
  • fruits, like berries, grapes, grapefruits, pineapple, and pomegranates
  • tree nuts like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and brazil nuts
  • fish like mackerel, trout, herring, albacore tuna, and salmon,
  • drinks like green tea, grape juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice
  • dark chocolate
  • garlic”

I’m also going to implement a blend of essential oils topically, which include lavender, cistus, and helichrysum. image


If you have this disorder, please do your own research and okay your treatment with a qualified and trusted doctor. This treatment is a personal choice.

The only essential oils I recommend and trust are Young Living. I do not condone using any other oils internally or topically. Use caution and research prior to usage.


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