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    Unhappy Thalassemia alpha minor with low iron levels

    Hi all

    Anyone out there with iron deficiency anaemia? I'm diagnosed with Thalassemia alpha minor and recently found out my haemoglobin level (HB) is 111 and Ferritin 7 (which is really low). I suspect I may be having iron deficiency anaemia. However my main concern is my Thalassemia background as I've found online that if my HB level drops further I may require blood transfusion as the placenta won't be effectively transporting blood and oxygen to bub. I'm 28 weeks at the moment and is very stressed out as I have lost a child at 36 weeks not knowing exactly why. I'm currently taking iron tablets hopefully my iron stores will come back up soon. I will also request to monitor my HB level frequently. I'm just worried about the timing and whether are there anything else I can do to improve my situation or ease my anxieties.

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    Default Thalassemia alpha minor with low iron levels

    I also have thal. My stores got down very low too, I was(and still am) taking ferrograd and it really helped.
    A transfusion was mentioned but luckily not needed.
    Bub and placenta were both perfect. I had to be kept in hospy an extra night as I lost a bit of blood but DS was healthy.

    I hope everything goes well for you and bub!

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    Thanks Sevven. It's relieving to know I'm not the only person going through this. I'l have a talk with my ob and hopefully he will give me some sort of assurance and is willing to monitor me and not just brush it off like most drs by saying it's normal to have low iron during pregnancy.

    Did u find out your own condition and talk with ob or he/she discussed with you the complications? So far my 2 obs don't think that thalassemia will affect the pregnancy in any way at all. It's hard trying to convince them if they are not aware or familiar with the condition.

    All the best!

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    Definitely push them for regular blood tests, I had full MW care through a FBC and found some MW were really good and understood and others tried to pass it off as nothing.
    I had to find out everything for myself, quite a few of them didn't know anything about it and had to speak to a specialist (luckily she was smart enough to write a report and attach it to my file).
    Unfortunately it is very hard! Just make sure you ask for regular blood tests, they can't really refuse(well I hope not!) and make sure they keep on top of it.
    If you have any more questions please ask!

    I hope you have a great, uncomplicated pregnancy and a healthy bubba!!
    Best of luck with everything.


 

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