Blood donation can be an easy way to help people in emergencies. But donating a woman’s blood during pregnancy is not eligible, which also advises you to wait at least six weeks after giving birth.
The 50% blood in your body increases during pregnancy. This is because you and your growing baby need it for maximum health and nutrition.
This article explores why pregnant woman should not donate their blood and when it is safe to donate after delivery.
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Why can pregnant women not donate?
Pregnant women need more iron to help the fetus develop perfectly. Therefore, giving blood results in iron deficiency anemia can be problematic.
Anemia occurs when women’s bodies do not make sufficient healthy RBC (red blood cells) or work efficiently, preventing the body from having enough iron.
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When is it safe to donate again?
The American Red Cross requires pregnant women to wait six weeks after giving birth before donating blood.
However, the World Health Organization warns against donating blood during breastfeeding.
This is because a nursing infant relies on the nutrients in breast milk for their growth.
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Cord blood donation
Blood supply is special just because it contains stem cells, playing an important role in lifesaving treatments.
Stem cells from a cord blood donation helps in treating:
Anyone considering donating cord blood discusses the process with their doctor or hospital representatives.
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When a woman and her future baby carry Rhesus (Rh) protein factors, their condition is Rh incompatibility. It happens when a woman is Rh-negative and the baby is Rh-positive. The Rh factor is a particular protein found on the outside of your red blood cells.
How does the Rh factor affect pregnancy?
A positive and negative symbol after your blood type indicates the Rh factor. For example, “blood type: AB+” is written on your medical record.
Your Rh factor doesn’t affect your health. However, the Rh factor becomes necessary during pregnancy. If a woman is Rh-negative and her future baby is Rh-positive, her body will approach the Rh-positive protein as a different object if her immune system is exposed.
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How is Rh incompatibility treated?
Treatment for the effects of incompatibility. In some cases, the baby is treated after birth with:
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Donating the blood of a woman during pregnancy is not eligible at all. This is because the body needs the blood and its iron to carry the fetus.
A healthcare provider can advise a woman about the right time to continue donating blood and help facilitate cord donation.
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