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When you find out you're expecting, you might worry about what kind of lifestyle modifications you will need to make right away. If you donate blood on a regular basis, you may be wondering if you may donate blood while expecting a child.
However, pregnant women are not permitted to donate blood because they need all of their blood and iron to stay healthy during their pregnancy.
Donating blood when pregnant is not safe because blood donation depletes iron which is an essential mineral for fetal growth and development. Babies require a lot of iron and low iron levels in the womb can contribute to low birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth.
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Donating blood can also be unsafe for the pregnant woman because you are already sharing blood with your unborn child and you have none to spare. Donating will only put at risk of iron deficiency and it can lead to fainting, breathlessness, headaches, and fatigue.
Donating blood should be done at least nine months following delivery, but if you plan to continue breastfeeding after that time you should wait until your infant is weaned off breast milk because your baby will be reliant on the nutrients and vitamins found in breast milk and donating blood during this time may cause your infant to be deficient in these nutrients.
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