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#1 of 6 Old 02-06-2008, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I got my results from my latest MW appointment. According to the nurse I talked to, the my white blood cell count was a "tiny" bit high and my red blood cell count was a "little" low.

Now, I was sick as a dog when I went in (just with a cold, but sick as a dog nonetheless). Normally I would have rescheduled, but since I had to fly in for each appointment, it was kind of a now-or-never kind of thing.

My MW didn't leave any special instructions with the nurse for me to follow (no additional test, no special instructions, etc), so I'm guessing it's either not a big deal, or due to my illness... but does anyone have any experience with this?

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Bumping, not to be obnoxious, but just to see if anyone has any experience.

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whether I worried about it or not, would depend on how high a 'little high' was, and how low a 'little low' was ...

Each lab has their normal reference ranges for lab values, and they are usually reported in whole numbers, plus a tenth ... i.e ... 11.4.

White Blood counts are generally considered normal between 3.8-10.8. I wouldn't get too concerned, unless it was over 11 ... and even then, if you went in to the office sick, you'd expect it to be slightly elevated.

RBC(Red Blood Cell) counts are 3.9-5.2 for females. Once again, I wouldn't be too terribly concerned, if it's slightly decreased .. that's normal/not uncommon in pregnancy.

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wbc run a little higher in pregnancy. They should also be high if you have a bacterial infection. That means your body is doing its job.

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Thanks, ladies. I didn't think to ask for the numbers (because i'm a dunce and slightly awkward on the phone), but the nurse went out of her way to say that my MW said that there was nothing I need to do differently, and no need to come in for additional anything... so I'm guessing/hoping/foolishly assuming that it's just from the cold. I was pretty miserable and sick at the time.

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Did they do a differential on the blood count? depending on exactly what's high, it will give them a better idea as to what's causing the whole number to be elevated.

My white blood cells are consistently elevated, pregnant or not, they hover between 17.4-24.1 No one knows why
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