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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 11:20 AM   1
Heavenx
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How low are iron levels usually when a blood transfusion is required?


How low are iron levels usually when a blood transfusion is required?

According to my last blood test results at 30 weeks my iron level was 9.9, I am wondering if I am a likely candidate to need a blood transfusion if my levels keep dropping, would they decide to give me one before my planned c-section rather than wait and see if I needed one during the c-section itself? It is making me very anxious about the surgery, even if I was to be having a natural delivery I would sill feel anxious about the blood loss knowing how low my iron levels already are.



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 11:54 AM   2
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i'm not really sure, you need to ask you midwife or GP, you will be due to see her soon are you? but after having googled it you may be given iron tablets or other vitamins. You can help increase your iron levels by eating more of certain foods like dark green veg. Transfusions can be tricky in pregnancy depending on your blood group and whether you are rhesus +ve or not as that will have implications for baby,as not just you but also baby could have a reaction to the blood. Hope you get answers soon, good luck x



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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 12:07 PM   3
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guidlines for blood transfusions change all the time and vary depending on where you live. the general rule where i work is if the HB (iron level) is 7.something. however if the patiet is showing no symptoms of low iron then they will not do a transfusion. due to the shortage of blood and the added risk of transfusions they will only do it where nessecery.
Also if your iron level is not too low and you are showing symptoms they may try iron tablets before considering a transfusion.

hope this helps

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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 12:16 PM   4
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My iron levels are about 9.3, I am just taking 3 tablets a day and feel so much better after a week, I think levels have to be really low for a transfusion and its not something I would want to have. Its not unusual for a pregnant woman to be anemic, I was in all three of my pregnancies. 3 tablets per day for a week takes your levels up by a point so my GP said so in the next few weeks I will be normal again.x



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Old Jul 28th, 2010, 16:55 PM   5
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Sorry im jumping into 3rd tri, but i was measuring at 9 and i have to get it above 11 if i wanted to be in a birthing centre during labour. Otherwise id be with the consultants waiting for a blood transfusion. I have never had my iron levels above 10.5 and ive been on iron tablets over a yr now.



 
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