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Doctor insights on: What Happens If You Donate Blood While Pregnant

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What happens if you donate blood and your pregnant?

What happens if you donate blood and your pregnant?

Nothing: Blood centers have selection criteria for donors and if you meet those criteria, donating blood in early pregnancy will not harm you or your baby. It would be useful to discuss the matter with your doctor and to see if you need iron and/or vitamin supplementation.

Dr. Scott Keith
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Is it possible that a blood type changes from rh- to rh+ without pregnancy? Used to be A- but recent blood donation says I'm A+

Is it possible that a blood type changes from rh- to rh+ without pregnancy? Used to be A- but recent blood donation says I'm A+

Weak Rh: About one person in 500 has a weak version of the Rh antigen that used to type as negative but now shows as positive. There's also such thing as a lab error. Phone the blood bank and ask for an explanation.

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If I didn't know I was pregnant and donated blood, would they tell me?

If I didn't know I was pregnant and donated blood, would they tell me?

Maybe: It's not something that I would count on. Remember, the purpose of their taking your blood donation was not to screen for pregnancy. It also depends on the screening protocols that are in place at the location where you donated.

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Is there any link between blood clots while trying to give a plasma donation and pregnancy?

Is there any link between blood clots while trying to give a plasma donation and pregnancy?

Maybe...: If your blood clots too easily, it can cause you to have miscarriages. Also pregnancy increases your risks of blood clots. Best wishes!

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I donated blood yesterday for the first time, today I found out I'm pregnant. Did I potentially harm the embryo?

No worries: What will be will be... and whatever happens will not be due to donating blood. No worries, and remember to start prenatal care. Prenatal vitamins and iron supplements may be needed.

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What happens if you have shingles can you donate blood?

What happens if you have shingles can you donate blood?

Shingels: Is a reactivation of chicken pox virus. Blood donation is deferred with any active infection

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Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Here's a good start: It's not complete. For example, when I was a student pilot, I was deferred because of concerns about handling low oxygen. http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

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Which people are not eligible to donate blood?

Which people are not eligible to donate blood?

Sick: Anybody who is sick or has blood disorder or malignancy they are not eligible for blood donation.

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Am I eligible to donate blood? What should I do?

Am I eligible to donate blood? What should I do?

Go to blood bank: At the blood donation center they will screen your eligibility. In my experience, the most frequent reason to be vigilant is iron deficiency -- from frequent blood donation and/or in women coupled with heavy menses or recent childbirth. Oral iron supplements are an easy way to correct this but be sure you know why the iron was low- bleeding from ulcers or polyps or cancers needs exclusion.

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Can you donate blood if you have von willebrands?

Can you donate blood if you have von willebrands?

Give blood withCA Hx: Not actually a straight forward answer on this one...Needs to be at least a year since you've been treated, no recurrence, no diagnosis of blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma...Unless you had these as a kid and its been 10 years. Check out the american red cross list of conditions that affect donation...It will be the most helpful. Than get out there and donate!

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Is it possible for me to keep calm while I donate blood?

By distraction: You can wear headphones and listen to music, or read (just hard to turn pages), or people watch during the donation. Most people only require 10-15 minutes of actual "needle time" to donate a unit of blood, so you can also think about the 3 people whose lives you are saving with your donation!

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What are the types of blood donation frequency?

Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be done every 112 days (2x as long as single). Other pheresis donations can be for plasma or platelets, and they have much shorter interval periods (may be 3-7 days). Talk to the Red Cross for more information.

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If you donate blood and your chloestrol is 200, is that bad

Cholesterol: There is no way to give you an answer to this question. There are numerous numbers in the cholesterol profile and one would also need a sense of your health and family history. In and of itself 200 is the cutoff point of normal to abnormal.

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Can gay people donate blood?

Can gay people donate blood?

Higher risk group: ONLY as a population-based screen, not suggesting any personal life-choice issues, men who have sex with men are more likely to have certain stds, including hepatitis and hiv, which can be transmitted by blood and MIGHT be missed by testing if at an early stage or lab error. So to keep blood supply as safe as possible, the entire group is excluded. I am not aware of any exception to this rule.

Dr. Donald Alves
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