I recently went to the doctor for my 28-week glucose screening. Everything came back normal with my glucose levels, but the doctor called to tell me that I have an elevated white blood count of 16,000. I guess the normal is 4-10,000. He scheduled me to have it rechecked a couple weeks from now to see if it's still high. I guess that could signal an infection or something. He asked if I was sick at the time the blood was drawn and I wasn't and I'm not sick now. I feel great; other than a little tired which I think explains itself for having an 20 month old and being pregnant! Haha! Anyway-Yesterday I talked with my old doctor who I went to when I was pregnant with my daughter two years ago and found out that at my 28-week glucose screening with her my white blood count was 19,000 and right before my c-section with her it was 16,000. No one ever told me that! I guess pregnancy does elevate your white blood count, so could that be the reason mine is elevated with this pregancy? Has anyone ever experienced this or known someone to have a high white blood count during pregnancy?
I had a high WBC at around 28 weeks too picked up via my urine sample. The subsequent blood test I had showed nothing abnormal (!!). It may just mean that you've picked up a bacterial infection or it could be nothing. Here's some info on this website. xx
I got called to come in the the gps after 28wk bloods, managed to get in, only to be told white count was slightly high (13), but that this was normal in pregnancy..
can be a sign of infection though, any other symptoms?
I had to be called back to repeat a blood test because i had a high white blood cell count at around 30 weeks (i think), but I had a cold at the time so tbh I thought nothing of it. I repeated the blood test and they said it was fine. I hope you get some answers as I can imagine if you're not ill it can be pretty disconcerting not knowing what's causing it. Good luck and take care xx
Thanks ladies--yeah that is what is so frustrating, I'm not sick at all and am not showing any symptoms of having any illness/infection. I think I'm about to say that it's just how my body works when I'm pregnant, especially because that's how I was with my daughter and now this pregnancy is the same.
MandaAnda--the doctors said that everything else with my CBC was normal and the only indication something was abnormal was the high white blood count. So yeah- no other infection markers. He said within my white blood count, I had an elevated number of neutrophils with a slight decrease of lymphocytes. Don't know if that makes sense to anyone!
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