High White Blood Cell Count?

Sara - posted on 05/01/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am currently expecting and had my blood drawn last week at my OB appointment. They called me back the next day & said everything looked fine but my white blood cells were high. They want me to come in again for a CBC tomorrow.



Anyways... I was talking to a co-worker and she said that there's a certain blood type that produces white blood cells to attack the baby because your body thinks the baby is a virus. I am completely freaking out even though when I googled this I found nothing.



If anyone has had similar experience or knows anything about what my co-worker was talking about. Please Help!

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Medic - posted on 05/01/2012

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Just so you know if it is Rh incompatibility you can recieve RhoGAM shots that allows you to continue the pregnancy. Don't let stupid people freak you out.

Krista - posted on 05/01/2012

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I think your coworker is talking about Rh incompatibility. Basically, if your blood type is Rh negative, and your spouse's is Rh positive, the combination can produce a child who is Rh positive. While the mother's and baby's blood systems are separate there are times when the blood from the baby can enter into the mother's system. This can cause the mother to create antibodies against the Rh factor, thus treating an Rh positive baby like an intruder in her body.

It could be that, or it could be that you're fighting off a cold. Try to not freak yourself out, and just wait and see what they say tomorrow.

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2012

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People like this piss me off. There is no need to scare anyone let alone someone pregnant. Stress does bad things to our bodies. High white blood cells indicate infection. It could be a cold, virus, bladder infection, anything. They will want to check to make sure it isn't rising which would prompt a need to investigate where your infection is. If they fall, you're on the mend. Have you recently in the past month had a Cold? It can take a while for levels to return to normal. Myself, i almost always have WBCs in my urine but once sent for culture comes back negative. It can also just be a persons norm. Try not to worry too much, the stress will be more harmful than a Cold or flu. Good Luck!

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CHRISTINA - posted on 02/26/2013

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to sarah... it is very rare for a negative blood type but it will not harm her they will give her a shot and it will protect the baby.. i knw this from experience

CHRISTINA - posted on 02/26/2013

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It's an Rh factoer It means you have a negative blood type you will receive rogahm its a shot and if the baby is negative blood as well you wont have to have it after it is born but if it has positive then you will your body thinks the baby is a foreign substance or a virus like the flu so it will fight it.. i have miscarried once because of my blood type and 5 months later became pregnant and carried a healthy baby to full term. it's nothing to be worried about.

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2012

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Your body actually shuts down your immunity a bit (not totally) when you're pregnant too to prevent rejection of the baby. This is why pregnant women are more prone to colds and viruses. Rh incompatibility as well is not an issue in a first pregnancy, it's subsequent pregnancies that it can be a concern. This is why initial pregnancy bloodwork includes blood typing. For example, I am A+, so no problem for me, but if I was A- then I would need the Rhogam shot for my second pregnancy. They would tell you this at your prenatal if it was a concern. Really though, since you did have a recent cold, I'd bet money on that as the reason your WBCs are high.

Sara - posted on 05/01/2012

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Oh thanks! That makes me feel much better!!! I have had a cold recently, I feel like I always have a cold or allergies or something going on. So that's probably it.

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2012

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Oh and what your coworkers is talking about is nite based on a persons blood type but is an extremely rare reaction some people can have. I stress EXTREMELY RARE!

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