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Can a woman with thalassemia give birth safely?

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Dr. Della Howell
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Most likely, yes

There are different types / severities of thalassemia, so the risk of pregnancy and giving birth varies depending on the exact diagnosis.
Alpha thal trait / silent carrier and beta-thal minor should have no problems. Hemoglobin h disease and beta-thal major will require special attention. The baby will also have a risk for developing thalassemia and genetic counseling is recommended if possible.

In brief: Most likely, yes

There are different types / severities of thalassemia, so the risk of pregnancy and giving birth varies depending on the exact diagnosis.
Alpha thal trait / silent carrier and beta-thal minor should have no problems. Hemoglobin h disease and beta-thal major will require special attention. The baby will also have a risk for developing thalassemia and genetic counseling is recommended if possible.
Dr. Della Howell
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends on anemia

A woman who is a thalassemia carrier and/or has only mild anemia should not have an unusual labor and delivery.
If she has severe anemia, her heart may be already stressed out from having to pump extra volumes of blood during the pregnancy. Her ob-gyn doctor can better discuss the risks of delivery.

In brief: Depends on anemia

A woman who is a thalassemia carrier and/or has only mild anemia should not have an unusual labor and delivery.
If she has severe anemia, her heart may be already stressed out from having to pump extra volumes of blood during the pregnancy. Her ob-gyn doctor can better discuss the risks of delivery.
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