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Can Anemia Kill You When Giving Birth
Not common, not rare: If you are referring to the mother I would say yes it is not uncommon. The baby receives almost all of its iron from the mother. As a woman loses blood with menses she may be low on iron to start a pregnancy (which is one reason they give prenatal vitamins); after losing additional iron to the baby the mother may become iron deficient which leads to anemia. ...Read more
Usually iron: The most common cause of anemia in this setting is iron defficiency caused by blood loss. Iron rich foods include red meats, spinach, beans, and other vegetables. Some people don't absorb iron taken by mouth and require im or IV iron preporations. Many other causes of defficient red cell numbers exist, so if not responding, one should be worked up by their physician. ...Read more
Iron rich foods: Anemia in pregnancy is common. Iron deficiency anemia, not enough iron for you and the growing fetus, is the most common cause. A prenatal vitamin can help supplement the nutrients needed. A diet high in iron rich foods (red meat, beans, clams, scallops, green veggies, artichokes, enriched cereals, liver.) help. Also foods rich in vitamin c (citrus fruits, juices) help iron absorbtion. ...Read more
Can you tell me some other natural ways to treat/cure anemia (as a result of giving birth to a baby)?
Continue prenatal: You need to continue taking prenatal vitamin that contains iron. ...Read more
I have high blood pressure / anemia, I recently had blood and platelet transfusion after giving birth. I have horizontal ridges on 10 hand nails?
Beau's lines: Horizontal ridges in nails are known as Beau's lines and often indicate an interruption of the nail growth for a period of time. This growth lapse is usually due to significant illness or malnutrition but possibly could reflect severe anemia for a period of time. If health maintained the lines should grow out over time ...Read more
What is the cause?: What is the cause of anemia? If anemia is caused by heavy, irregular period due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding - then oral birth control pill is actually something that can be tried by your gyne to regulate or stop the bleeding so that your anemia will not get worse. Otherwise, if anemia is caused by other cause-birth control pill will not affect your anemia significantly. ...Read more
Best to see your OB: They will work with their hematology and perhaps GI colleagues to help guide decisions during your pregnancy. With modern medical and supportive care, I am not aware of a contraindications to natural childbirth in the setting of pernicious anemia. I suspect that you are already receiving folate (folic acid) supplementation from your doctors, which can ameliorate some pernicious anemia sequelae. ...Read more
My hemoglobin is 11.5 but my uibc is at 398 iron serum is 27 and iron saturation is 6! is this dangerous? Can anemia kill you?
Yes, depending on. .: Severity and intervention. In children, for example, fe deficiency from inappropriate cows milk ingestion can lead to hematocrit below 10% in severely affected patients, which can be insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder in the face of severe anemia. Death can occur. Working for you is that anemia develops slowly, permitting compensation. ...Read more
Yes: It is a defect present from birth, yes. Would I call it a birth defect, no. It is a genetically derived abnormality in the metabolism of hemoglobin that results in sickling of the red cells under some circumstances. As a metabolic disease, it is inherited in a similar fashion to pku or cystic fibrosis. The term birth defect is more appropriate for a kid with malformation of an organ or body part. ...Read more
Does having pernicious anemia really mean I have a high chance of miscarriage and birth defects? I am 24
Trying to decide on birth control option for heavy menses causing anemia. Does Mirena (levonorgestrel) carry the same risk of thrombosis as oral contraceptives?
Both choices - good: Mirena (levonorgestrel) - the Progestin only IUD would be a very good choice. I recommend it's usage to my patients with heavy vaginal bleeding. Of course the OCP is a method tried and true for those needing cycle control. The Mirena (levonorgestrel), from the literature does not carry the risk of thrombosis of OCPs but at your age either would be a safe choice with low occurrence of thrombosis. ...Read more
I have anemia and I am 37 weeks pregnant. What could happen during childbirth and what's the likely hood of me becoming dangerously I'll during labor?
Anemia common: I would say more women are anemic than not at the end of their pregnancies. This is the "norm". Unless you are severely anemic, it will not affect you during labor. You lose blood after giving birth as well, and your doctor will follow this closely. Most doctors check your levels the day after you give birth to decide what further therapy you need. It is rare to need a transfusion, but it happens. ...Read more
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Great question: I think this is a question many people ask. During the birth process your pelvis undergoes changes to allow the infant to pass through the vagina. There is usually some some soft tissue damage and I would guess some stretching of nerves in the perineum. Give it time, your body has done something remarkable. If you develop pain or bleeding please see your doctor. ...Read more
Anything is possible: But that is extremely uncommon now a-days unless something very strange happens, you can die from drinking water or choking on a chicken salad sandwich like a famous singer did try not to focus on the extreme negative, if someone is high risk they should be taken care of by a team of high risk ocotors at a hsopital that does high risk. ...Read more
? Where: Most hematomas spontaneously resolve in time (gone within 3-5 weeks). On a rare occasion some hematomas are walled off and may need surgical removal. (hematomas in different areas, for example a more serious sdh (sub dural hematoma) needs to be cared for emergently as it can cause pressure on the brain, etc.) hope that helps answer your question. ...Read more
Depends: Childbirth at 37 weeks, unless due to labor, still carries some risks of prematurity, including the baby has a greater chance of being in the nicu after birth. Some children may not do as well in school. If it is the result of the natural onset of labor then the risks would be the same as delivering at 39-40 weeks. ...Read more
Yes!: You should breastfeed as soon as possible after birth. Babies usually have a nice alert period once they are all dried off and nurse has attended to them. Have them bring baby to you for feeding asap! Early skin to skin contact with near immediate feeding is an option, also. Babies eye care and vitamin K shots are both to prevent serious bleeding/infections, but shouldn't interfere! ...Read more
Positive pregnancy: Test is the only reliable one. Possible early pregnancy sxs: no period, breast swelling & tenderness w darkened areolas, thin, white & milky vaginal discharge, fatigue, ^ urination frequency, constipation, bloating, heartburn, backache, cramping, headache, food cravings or aversions, ^ sense of smell, enlarged waist, feeling faint/dizzy, mood swings, ^ gas, insomnia, gagging & yawning. They may > ...Read more
Biopsychosocial chan: There are many changes that have occurred in your life after giving birth. Hormonal changes can be responsible for major shifts in mood, including depression. Sleep deprivation can also be a major part of the depression, as well as the changing roles that develop. Speak to your physician about the depression that you are experiencing to see if it can be addressed through diet, nutrition, or suppor. ...Read more
Timing will vary: The timing of your period will vary depending on whether you are breast feeding or not. The longer you breast feed, the longer the wait. The amount of bleeding can vary also, so don't get alarmed. Talk to your OB. ...Read more
See below: Yes, it is possible and too common. ...Read more