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Doctor insights on: How Many Extra Pints Of Blood When Pregnant

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How many extra pints of blood do you carry while pregnant?

How many extra pints of blood do you carry while pregnant?

Volume increases: During pregnancy, the plasma volume (the fluid component of your blood) increases by 50% and the red blood cell volume increases only by 20-30%. So it is hard to say exactly how many "pints" it increases. It easier to describe as an increase in volume faster than the expansion in red blood cell volume. So measures of blood counts will show you to be anemic during pregnancy. This is normal. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Does the presence of excess blood cells in my urine mean I am pregnant?

Does the presence of excess blood cells in my urine mean I am pregnant?

No: Blood in the urine can be caused by several conditions such as kidney stones, urinary tract infections, or menstruation. Pregnancy does not usually cause blood to be present in the urine. ...Read more

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I am 11weeks pregnant.I took blood test at 9 week. results:Hemogl.12 Red blood cell count 3,8 Hematocrit 33% RDW cv 10,6 Should i take extra iron?

I am 11weeks pregnant.I took blood test at 9 week. results:Hemogl.12
Red blood cell count 3,8
Hematocrit 33% RDW cv 10,6
Should i take extra iron?

Depends: Your hemoglobin is normal. If by extra iron you mean that you are already taking some and should you take more, then no. If you are not taking any iron, then you should take some. Take it with meals and may need to add some fiber laxative if it causes constipation. ...Read more

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Im 21 weeks pregnant and hear a constant pulse or heartbeat in my ear is this common I've been to an ENT he thinks its because of excess blood flow in my main vein its driving me crazy with this go away

Im 21 weeks pregnant and hear a constant pulse or heartbeat in my ear is this common I've been to an ENT he thinks its because of excess blood flow in my main vein its driving me crazy with this go away

Relax!!: Yes, the excess fluid in your body can cause you to hear otherwise unnoticeable happenings in your body (ever wonder what the sound of food moving through your gut sounds like? You will). However you may also be hearing the clenching of your jaw muscles. I often explain these sounds as like a distant freeway. Ask your dentist if a hard night guard would help. Many other jaw problems come from this. ...Read more

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Pregnant why is this blood so dark?

Pregnant why is this blood so dark?

Bleeding ipregnancy: A sub chorionic hemorrhage can form a blood clot in the uterus. As that blood clot breaks up you may have dark bleeding. Have you seen your doctor? ...Read more

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Does the blood moon affect pregnant women ?

Does the blood moon affect pregnant women ?

Pregnancy: I am not aware of any correlation between the blood moon which occurred early this AM and pregnancy. Some point to biblical prophecy, that the tetrad of blood moons (the 4th on expected April 2015) signals the end of days. I guess we'll find out in April. ...Read more

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Can one be pregnant and still see blood stain?

Can one be pregnant and still see blood stain?

Bleeding & Pregnancy: Yes. About 20-30% of normal pregnancies will have bleeding or spotting. ...Read more