So as the title suggests I got the results of my blood test back today they thought I might be a sickle cell carrier but it turned out to be this instead just wondered if anyone had any personal experience of it and could shed a bit more light on the condition as I'd never heard of it until today and just googled it (I know worst thing to do ) and now I've scared myself silly at the prospect of passing it on to my future children
When I had my bloods at my very first midwife appt, my results came back as being a possible carrier of alpha thalassemia. No one could really tell me anything about it, I phoned the doctors and the nurse I spoke to googled it as I was on the phone to her
My midwife did say I would have been offered genetic testing (along with my oh) if there were any concerns but that didn't stop me reading about it and worrying.
Sorry I couldn't really help much but I'm sure you will be sent for further testing if there are any concerns
My friend & two of her kids are carriers. Other than being a bit anemic, they live a very normal life with no health problems. They take folic acid to enhance iron absorption.
Your OH needs to test before TTC. If he's a carrier, there is 50% chance of having a baby with Thalassemia major which is serious. My ex-manager's daughter had Thalassemia major & she needed special medications, then she went for bone marrow transplant at the age of 5 years. Her sister who's a Thalassemia carrier donated the bone marrow. Now she's 15 yrs, she's a carrier like her sister & she lives a normal life with no complications.
If your OH is not a carrier, there is nothing to worry about hun, Thalassemia carriers dont have health issues other than low iron in blood.
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