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Safe to donate blood while pregnant?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I read the posts about pregnancy and then I read the posts about donating blood, but didn't see anything about specifically about donating blood while pregnant... does anyone know if it's safe/recommended or not?

I'm not pregnant, just curious for future reference!

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:35 AM

Also the reason you get an upset stomach from iron supplementation is that bacteria in the gut eat it and you can get overgrowth.

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:34 AM

I don´t think it would be nessecary unless there is evidence of anemia. Supplemental iron can be very toxic and children overdosing on iron pills is the number one cause of death from poisoning in children. So if you do supplement with iron, keep it far away from little hands, like not in your purse, where they are likely to find it. I would think it wery hard for a paleo mom not to get enough iron in her diet so I wuld not bother supplementing. But I would take folic acid because I really don´t like vegetables that much, and I dont eat liver...yet.

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on September 06, 2011
at 02:53 AM

American Red Cross does not allow it.

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on September 05, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Thanks! Kind of related - I've heard some people recommend that pregnant women take a multi with iron and some people don't recommend that. Any thoughts either way?

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on September 05, 2011
at 07:24 PM

It is not safe and I can not imagine that it would be allowed. During pregnancy the mothers blood volume increses 40-50% (no kidding) but the red cell mass only by 20-30%. For this you need a massive amount of iron and many women become anemic at some point during pregnancy. It is postulated that this is actually good for the birth to some extent but if you get too anemic it increases the risk of dying in childbirth. You would need to lose less blood volume to compromise sufficient oxygen transport to the brain and other organs if you are anemic than if you are not and thus can tolerate less bleeding in childbirth, which is risky :)

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:35 AM

Also the reason you get an upset stomach from iron supplementation is that bacteria in the gut eat it and you can get overgrowth.

Bbb65dfde2b925e334048eb6438b3950

on September 06, 2011
at 08:34 AM

I don´t think it would be nessecary unless there is evidence of anemia. Supplemental iron can be very toxic and children overdosing on iron pills is the number one cause of death from poisoning in children. So if you do supplement with iron, keep it far away from little hands, like not in your purse, where they are likely to find it. I would think it wery hard for a paleo mom not to get enough iron in her diet so I wuld not bother supplementing. But I would take folic acid because I really don´t like vegetables that much, and I dont eat liver...yet.

Ea776df66c8277321b167e2ee3f22574

(316)

on September 05, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Thanks! Kind of related - I've heard some people recommend that pregnant women take a multi with iron and some people don't recommend that. Any thoughts either way?

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on September 05, 2011
at 07:25 PM

No, you cannot give blood while pregnant or breastfeeding. It's one of the questions they ask before they will take the blood. You wouldn't want to lose that much iron, fluids, and such while trying to nourish a fetus anyway.

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on September 05, 2011
at 07:15 PM

I wouldn't think it would be a good idea, but one thing to keep in mind is that, because of normal and beneficial hemodilution, pregnant women generally have H&H levels below the level required to donate blood by mid-pregnancy.

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on September 05, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I'm in the UK. Pregnant women cannot give blood and postpartum women can only give blood 9 months after the birth of their baby.

It really is about the health and wellbeing of both the mother and foetus/baby.

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on September 05, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I don't think you are supposed to, but the best way to find out for sure is to contact your local blood bank.

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on February 01, 2013
at 01:25 PM

In my opinion i think the unborn baby also depend on the mother's blood for supply of food nutrients. In fact, it doesn't necessarily mean that the baby depends on the circulatory system of the mother but the nutrients do assimilate into the digestive system of the unborn baby from the umbilical cord.

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