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post #21 of 28
I have read that "redheads bleed". My friend, who is a strawberry blonde, hemmorhaged with her first birth, but was okay with her second. My brother, who has reddish hair, has eczema and is left-handed. My dd (who is 3) has red hair and fair, fair skin. People always mention that she must have sensitive skin, but she has never had skin issues, and only a few diaper rashes. My son, who is blonde and has slighter darker skin than dd, has had more baby skin issues than his sister.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by mwherbs View Post
haven't read a study to the effect-- and in my experience Native Americans atleast from the regions I have lived in -have a higher incidence of hemorrhage-
maybe it had to do with in the past women who cultivated very pale skin and were unhealthy and example would be eating arsenic -- also there is the very poor/starving aspect of the Irish and Scots that may have had an impact in the past---
here is a link to an abstract --
http://www.anesthesia-analgesia.org/...ract/102/1/313
Thanks for that. Interesting stuff.
post #23 of 28
My midwife seemed to think red heads were more prone to excess bleeding. My mom (redhead) lost a lot of blood after me and had to stay in the hospital for a week after giving birth to me (for blood loss complications). My great grandmother (redhead) died of post partum hemmorage. I got the pitocin shot right after I gave birth to ds1 (given my family history, I agreed with the midwife to do this) and still bled quite a lot, but not enough to be considered dangerous. So, I don't know if it's a wivestale or not, but I certainly do havea family history of both redheadedness and post partum hemmorage. (I have red hair too).
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by MsElle07 View Post
The reason this is true (for many readheads, not all) is because the gene that causes red headedness tends to travel with other genes, such as the gene for left handedness, a high tolerance for anesthesia medications (meaning you need more of them to become numb), sensitive skin/eczema, and a tendency to bleed more than others.
Auburn-red hair here:
-right handed but really coordinated with left hand too
-Very high tolerance for pain meds ( I was 25 before I knew that it was possible to not feel pain at the dentist)
-Dry sensitive skin and eczema
-No hemorage or heaver than normal bleeding
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by MsElle07 View Post
The reason this is true (for many readheads, not all) is because the gene that causes red headedness tends to travel with other genes, such as the gene for left handedness, a high tolerance for anesthesia medications (meaning you need more of them to become numb), sensitive skin/eczema, and a tendency to bleed more than others.
Interesting... do you have to be a red head or can this happen if it runs in families? My grandmother was a red head and most of my cousins on that side of the family are red heads.

Does it tend to follow on side of the family like the mother or the father like some genes?
post #26 of 28
You have to inherit a mutated copy of the gene that causes redheadedness from BOTH parents in order to be a redhead/have redhead characteristics.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by MsElle07 View Post
The reason this is true (for many readheads, not all) is because the gene that causes red headedness tends to travel with other genes, such as the gene for left handedness, a high tolerance for anesthesia medications (meaning you need more of them to become numb), sensitive skin/eczema, and a tendency to bleed more than others.
Yep. That's me with exception to the bleeding. I've never had a problem with any bleeding out of the ordinary, after birth or otherwise. As for the anesthesia thing-SO TRUE for me. Locals rarely if ever work, and only in excessive doses. I usually just have to be knocked out. As a matter of fact, when my OB was getting ready to stitch me up after my 2nd, and was 'pinching' me to see if I needed anything, and I said I could feel it, and she said, "I figured you would,...I usually need a little extra with my redheaded moms." I'm glad she realized it because when I was 14 I had to get stitches in my thumb, and the stupid rag of a doctor basically said I was lying when I said I could feel it after she numbed it, and said there was no possible way. Let me tell you, I felt EVERYTHING.

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Originally Posted by 2sweetboysmom View Post
Auburn-red hair here:
-right handed but really coordinated with left hand too
-Very high tolerance for pain meds ( I was 25 before I knew that it was possible to not feel pain at the dentist)
-Dry sensitive skin and eczema
-No hemorage or heaver than normal bleeding
That's me too, except for the eczema.
post #28 of 28
Not true for me. I'm the reddest redhead you've ever seen--bright red, and fair-skinned and I didn't hemorrhage. Felt fine after birth, but knew I couldn't get up and run a marathon or anything like that. BTW, I'm also right-handed (not left), and I don't bleed easily or need more anesthesia than others. No dry skin. High tolerance for pain--bring it on!--but not the meds.
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