I Gave Blood

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kaye - June 16

I gave blood, and now i've seen that its NOT okay due to your body needing extra blood during pregnancy. are there chances of negative consequences?

 

tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - June 16

How far along are you??? Who did you donate blood too??? This is one of the big questions that any reputable donation organization would ask. I'm not sure of the consequences, although I wouldn't think it wouldn't cause any serious harm.

 

Stephanie - June 16

I sure hope not....I just had my 3 hour Glucose Tolerence Test and I don't think I have any blood left!!! lol I'm sure your fine!

 

JB - June 16

I think you will be ok... I had to go to the ER when I was 4 months and they took blood from both arms. Also, had blood taken for triple screen test, 1 hour and 3 hour glucose test. I've been diagnosed w/ gastational diabetes so tested blood 4 times a day for 3 weeks, now only 2 times a day until birth and blood count test yesterday at week 32.

 

kaye - June 16

I am 13 weeks, I donated to LifeShare. A good friend's grandmother is on life support and needed blood-it was more blood than a regular labortary test like a glucose tolerance (I study phlebotomy and for the GTT the take 5 vacutainers or the smaller version-microtainers).

 

kEEKEE - June 16

When you are pregnant, bloodwork is taken. i had tons of blood tests. I wouldn't worry. That was very nice of you to help someone. Congrats on your pregnancy!!

 

Audrea - June 17

They do take a lot more blood when you donate than when having lab tests done. Blood replaces it's volume every 48-72 hours. You will be okay since you were so early in your pregnancy. The main reason you are not supposed to donate blood while pregnant is because it can cause you to become anemic for a short amount of time unless your body has a hard time in replacing that volume, it can be worse. If you are feeling okay and do not get winded too easily, or do not feel tired all the time, then you should be okay. I can't believe they did not ask you if you were pregnant or when your last menstrual cycle was to determine if you could be pregnant. They do not usually allow pregnant women to donate blood. Hope this helps. If you do have the symptoms, you shoud see your doctor as soon as you can to see what you can do about it and to make sure your hematocrit is high enough or to see if you may need iron pills. More than likely, you are just fine since it is so early on in your pregnancy.

 

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