Should I give blood???

After seeing an advert for blood donors in my local area, I thought it would be a great idea to get back into given blood (I was a regular blood donor until last year) I called up and I’ve got an appointment, so I wont have to wait around until they have a space free.

My blood group is O- which they have less donors of. I want to give blood, to help people like me who could need this blood type, as you never know when you or a love one will need it. They also use some blood for research which also would end up helping people in the long run.

This question all started when I was talking to a friend on Facebook asking her to remind me that I’ve made this appointment for tomorrow (05/12/2012). I then started thinking would it be a good or bad idea for me to give blood while trying for a baby. I am currently due to ovulate (if the My Days app is correct).  I was never asked before when I gave blood, if I was trying to conceive I was only asked if I was I was pregnant.

I have done some research into this to find some helpful info.

While guidelines state that you shouldn’t donate blood when you are pregnant. There are no guidelines suggesting that blood cannot be given while you are trying to conceive.

Some people say NOT to giving blood while trying for a baby this is because:

  • It can lower your iron, take away nutrients that your body needs while trying to conceive. If you should happen to conceive after donating blood, it could take away from the process of the embryo developing.
  • There are also days in your cycle where you wont know if you are pregnant or not.
  • Blood volume is replaced within 24 hours. Red cells need about 4 to 8 weeks for complete replacement. (So it can take just under two months to get back to “Normal”)

While there are no guide lines on the official website about this. The only information I have found is on forums and other websites. So I’m left very confused, as to what I should do about my appointment, should I go or not???

While you may think there are a lot of down sides to why I shouldn’t give blood, these are mainly things which could happen, there are still so many reasons which make me think I should still go and give blood.

  • One being I might not be pregnant (Doesn’t it always come down to this? Even with things like having a glass of alcohol with friends)
  • People need my blood and my blood type is not as common as others.
  • I like to give blood as my family can’t due to health conditions.
  • It’s one of the best “free” gifts you can give.

Life would be so much easier if the doctors could do a blood test to see if I was back to “normal” to see if the Depo-Provera was out of my system. This way I would be able to tell if the chances of me becoming pregnant this month or next where more likely than a few months ago, when the injection still was in my system. Something we will never understand, its a 3 month contraceptive but can take one year to leave the system.

So what am I going to do?

I’m going to wait until my other half is home (currently at work) and see what he suggests after all trying for a baby isn’t a decision for one person to make.

Thanks for reading.

Comments and advice more than welcome.

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Stop Asking…its putting us off!

I have been doing something thinking lately, which my other half would say is dangerous.  How much does stress and pressure have to do with getting pregnant?

Well we have been together two years now and been living together for a year and a half. People have started to ask questions to my partner about him popping the question and to us about having a family. Mainly as we have a house and we are currently looking at moving near to where my partner works (to save petrol and car costs) and would hope to get a bigger place than we have now.

Apart from the popping the question which people are asking, which I have said about before we aren’t in any rush, as can’t see how it would change the way we live as we are not very religious.

Only we know we are currently trying as we don’t feel its something we want others to know, until its happened, well apart from the millions of you reading this.

How much does this peer expectation play a part in the stress when trying for a baby?

I know stress can play a part in getting pregnant as it can affect the part of your brain (the hypothalamus) that regulates your hormones. The hypothalamus is the gland in the brain that controls the hormones required to release your eggs. This gland also regulates your partner’s testosterone levels. So from that alone it would seem that the effect can be huge.

So obviously we need to relax and not let their probing put us under any pressure. As we have said before, we obviously want children, or what is the point in trying, but due to the potential difficulties we decided that it was best to start sooner rather than later. So we are in no rush, but even so, after every period that starts, there is the sense of failure that we haven’t conceived yet again. But enough of that doom and gloom attitude, we will stay positive, as many friends have said it has taken 6 months to conceive and there was no fertility problems in either partner. So its been just over 9 months since I finished the Depo, but it can take 6 months even if I hadn’t had it. So only if we are told that we will find it difficult to conceive will we truly start to worry.

But fingers crossed we won’t get that far.

Thanks for reading

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