Technical details: In my first blood test (11 weeks or so), my red blood cell count came out a little low-- 3.71 when the range is 3.8-5.1, and everything else was ok. I just got back my results from my 26 week tests today, and now my red blood cell count is a little lower (3.56) and I'm also just above the range for white blood cell count (11.1 when the range is 4.5 to 11), and a little below for hemoglobin, hematocrit, and the percent of lympocytes, and a little high for neutrophils.
Basically I think this all means the same thing--- my red blood cell count is a little low and my white blood cell count is a little high, i.e., anemia, right? (Hehe, a google search also suggested helpfully that I could have cancer or eclampsia, but I feel pretty healthy and I have no signs of pre-eclampsia, let alone eclampsia, so I think I'm ok!) I've been a little anemic on and off my whole life, but I'd really been making an effort to eat more red meat since my first blood test so it kind of sucks that these results are getting worse. I will admit that I haven't been taking extra iron supplements consistently, though my prenatal vitamin (which like an idiot I forgot to take yesterday and the day before) is supposed to contain more than my max daily value of iron.
I'm not supposed to meet with my doctor until August 8th, so I'm just wondering if I should be worried about these results or what you would suggest to help raise my iron. Did anyone with a low count early in pregnancy actually turn it around? Can I please blame all of this on the stress and sleep deprivation of staying up late to watch the US women's world cup team lose last night??
Still waiting on the results of that lovely glucose tolerance test...
I'm in this for the rest of my life. Why rush?
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