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September 26th, 2012, 09:10 AM
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I learned earlier this year that my blood type is O-. (I feel like I should have known that before, but I didn't.) I'm a universal donor, but can only receive O- blood. If something should happen during labor/delivery, would it be a good idea to have banked some of my own blood? Now that I know about it, it's the sort of thing I would probably do in advance of any type of surgery, so I'm wondering if it makes sense now. Is it even possible if you're pregnant?

(I'm planning for a natural childbirth and obviously hoping that things proceed without incident, but if this year has taught me anything, it is to expect the unexpected...)
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September 26th, 2012, 09:51 AM
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I did thhis over a period of 6 months when I had my jaw sugery. Im A+, not even an unusual BT....but your body responds better with your own blood.
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September 26th, 2012, 10:47 AM
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Good to know. Thanks!
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September 26th, 2012, 07:42 PM
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i had severe hemorrhage with natural childbirth so it is definitely good to expect the unexpected. idk if you can bank your own blood while pregnant. I personally wouldnt do it simply because i dont meet the weight requirements to donate blood. (even giving blood for labs makes me a bit woozy lol) but i think it couldnt hurt to ask your doc about it if youre interested
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September 27th, 2012, 07:05 AM
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The problem is that blood only lasts something like 42 days, so to donate your own can be risky in pregnancy, because you have to give so close to your due date. Most blood banks will not let a pregnant woman donate.
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September 27th, 2012, 11:07 AM
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The problem is that blood only lasts something like 42 days, so to donate your own can be risky in pregnancy, because you have to give so close to your due date. Most blood banks will not let a pregnant woman donate.
That is what I was thinking, too, that the risks of banking while pregnant might not be worth the precaution. (And of course if I didn't end up needing it I would donate it.)

I'll bring it up at my next appointment. I just thought I'd get a feel for what you all thought. Thanks!
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