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Has anyone had a blood transfusion WHILE pregnant? I am 29weeks and was admitted to receive two units of blood, some b12 and iron ivs this week after my routine glucose test revealed a hemoglobin concentration of only 5.4 g/dl . Apparently for a normal non chronically anemic person this should have been a deadly number.

After all that my hgb had only climbed to 6.2 so I am going back for 4 more iron treatments over the course of the next 6 days. I'm Also getting daily b12 shots.

This is my third baby since my gastric bypass 5 years ago (we HAD bypass to make babies after years ttc at 450lbs) and while my vitamins have been low each time I have always been able to maintain safe (albeit low) levels with just a rigorous oral supplement schedule. 

I was blindsided by this. The nurses all ask "How could you miss it? How did you get out of bed?" 

I have two rambunctious boys under the age of 3 and I'm in my third trimester. I was supposed to notice the symptoms of being "tired" and "lightheaded"?! That's every day. 

Anyway, I'm feeling like an anomaly - neither my doctor or the 20 year veteran labor nurses have ever had to give a transfusion to a woman who's still pregnant and no one seems to know why its not helping or what to do after these 4 iron infusions. Since i always get preeclampsia (proteins and high bp) around week 32 I'm also wondering how this will effect that shoe when it drops.

Can anyone relate to any of this?! Am I really such an anomaly? I know even severe anemia is common in pregnant women....

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What a yucky situation - I'm so sorry! I haven't had this happen but I really sympathize. I've been chronically anemic for years and no one has ever been able to figure out the reason. The one thing I've determined is that MTHFR genetic variations can cause anemia - and that could happen in one pregnancy and not the previous ones, because your body can "methylate" differently at different times in life (and even on different days). Not that this will help until you're closer to normal levels, but I've found that the only supplements that I can absorb are activated B vitamins (such as pyridoxal 5 phosphate instead of regular B6) and Floradix gluten free Iron + B Vits liquid. 


Good luck - it's hard to feel like an anomaly but more than anything you're a superhero because your body was still doing everything it needed to do!!

34 yo mom of boy #1 (Spring 2009), baby #2 is here! (Jan 2014)


2nd generation co-sleeper and extended breastfeeder, grateful to my mom for

letting me witness homebirth as a little girl and giving me confidence in my ability to birth normally.

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