LOW LOW hemoglobin. Very sad. Denied homebirth....what is going to happen to me? - Mothering Forums

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#1 of 6 Old 01-18-2011, 02:52 PM - Thread Starter
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My hemoglobin is 88 (I believe that is 8.8 in the USA). I tried everything for a month and had it retested NO CHANGE.....AT ALL.


So I  have ZERO chance of a homebirth. (I am currently 37.5 weeks pregnant).


Every one that finds out how low it is looks at me like I have two heads.


I am so freaked out. Am I going to bleed to death or what?

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My midwife has recommended drinking Chlorophyll for my situation.  I have no low tests, but I am a high-risk VBAC patient of hers and she says wants me drinking it in the event that I were to have a uterine rupture.  She says she has seen situations where drinking the cholorophyll has made a complete turnaround for women with low iron or blood loss.  Not only am I supposed to drink TWO TABLESPOONS THREE TIMES A DAY, I am supposed to have a full bottle on hand for my delivery.  In the event of significant blood loss she says she would want me to immediately drink the whole bottle.  Now, honestly I don't know how this will relate to your situation as I am not on the "medical end", but it is worth you looking into.  You can get a bottle of chlorophyll for $7 through The Vitamin Shoppe or In His Hands, as well, as many other places.   Hope this helps!

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Just wondering if you had your result via hemoglobinometer or an actual blood draw with anemia panel to rule out other causes of anemia??

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So, that is pretty low.  I am also interested in how it was tested.  Did you get a CBC?  First things first, how do you feel? Tired all the time, get out of breath from doing simple tasks, dizzy, pale, etc?  Are you of mediterranean descent or any other demographic that would give you a naturally low hemoglobin?  How well-nourished have you been in this pregnancy?  These are things I would be contemplating.  Also, what do you mean by 'everything?'


Second, low hemoglobin does not cause hemorrhage.  You are not more likely to bleed a lot if you are anemic.  The problem with anemia is that you may react more strongly to normal blood loss or even more strongly than non-anemic people to larger amounts of blood loss.

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I was low with my 2nd, but am unsure of the numbers.  I cut caffeine, took floradix and chlorophyll.  I had significant improvement.  Saying that I am aware that everyone is different.  What did you do to try and improve your numbers? 


I hope everything works out for you and that you have a beautiful birth regardless of where it occurs.



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