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“Blood- it’s in you to give.”
That’s the motto of the Canadian Blood Services.
Blood and blood products are essential to everyday medical care; it is used for major surgeries, cancer treatments, managing diseases and other medical procedures. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. And approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day.
Donating blood is a relatively small act that can have life-changing consequences for someone in need.
So, the question is, can you donate blood while pregnant?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. You cannot donate blood while pregnant.
While pregnant the amount of blood in your body increases by about 50%, but you need all that to keep you and your baby healthy. Your body is doing a lot of extra work, and that requires a lot of extra blood.
So, throughout your pregnancy your motto should be “Blood- it’s in me to live.”
You can donate blood while breastfeeding, but only after a certain amount of time after giving birth. The length of time depends on where you are.
For Canadians, you must wait six months after giving birth before you are eligible to donate blood, whether you are breastfeeding or not.
For Americans, you only have to wait six weeks after birth to be eligible.
If you are pregnant, or haven’t had enough time post pregnancy to be eligible to donate blood (or maybe you just can’t stand the thought of big needles- I hear you), there are still other things you can do to help.
Americans, you can donate here
Canadians, you can donate here
Not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped make a difference, you can also develop new skills and grow your network.
Americans, you can sign up to volunteer here
Canucks, go here
For more information on donating cord blood, Americans can go here
Canadians can go here
Especially you Americans- I don’t want to brag or anything, but Canadians have you beat in the donation department. We’re among the most loyal donors in the world, donating more than two times per year, whereas less than 10% of the eligible American population donate even once.
No pressure, Americans, but who knows- today we’re beating you with blood donations, tomorrow the Blue Jays may win the world series.
Here are some other things you may need to know about donating blood:
If you received a blood transfusion while pregnant, or at any other time, you must wait 12 months before you are eligible to donate.
In America and Canada, if you miscarried or terminated your pregnancy, you must wait 6 weeks before you are eligible to donate.
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