Hi i just wanted some advice. I am 7+5 weeks pregnant. I have just come home to a letter stating i need to see a Sickle Cell and Thalassamia Nurse Specialist.
It reads as follows: An appointment has been made for you to see the Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Nurse. A recent bllod test during your pregnancy shows you have a red blood cell abnormality called Unidentified Haemoglobin Variant The appointment is to offer you more information about your results.
Please attend with the babys father so that we can offer him a blood test.It is important to screen the babys father as soon as possible to establish the risk for the baby having a major haemoglobinopathy. End of letter
Has anyone else had a letter like this.What does it mean.I am in a major panic
Sorry you're going through this stress. You can carry abnormalities in how your red cells are structured without ever knowing it, the most common is sickle cell trait. These abnormalities tend to be more common in people descended from outside northern Europe. In normal day to day life it causes no torouble at all. Provided your DP doesn't carry the same its unlikely to be any issue at all for your pregnancy. It is a really good thing though that it's been picked up so early. I know it's stressful but the specialist nurse will explain everything in detail to you. Very best of luck.
Thank You Secretceremonials i did think that this is maybe just a standard letter they send out to everyone with any kind of blood abnormality. I had severe anaemia in my last pregnancy(different father) so im hoping its just that.
They could have worded it better! God! It reads like you say, a standard letter for any abnormality. Just try to remain calm until Monday when you can find out a bit more. Like others have said, if it was serious they would have called and you'd be in a lot sooner than Monday. Take care of yourself until then Beaut x
beautician - my sister had this letter. She is of white anglo saxon origin so very unlikely to have either condition mentioned. She freaked out too but in the end it was nothing (we both have slightly small blood cells and they picked up on that in her - it was nothing to be alarmed about). I don't know if you are the same ethnicity, obviously, but thought you might like to know that sometimes people get these letters when there is absolutely nothing to worry about and they just need to check. Hope that's the case for you.
Marmiteisyummy has got it exactly. Since these are recessive genetic conditions your partner also has to be a carrier for your baby to be at any risk. The chances of this are very small, especially if he comes from a Northern European Background.
Having one copy of the abnormal gene is thought to give babies protection against malaria (at an age when it is often fatal) and thus it has remained in southern populations, despite having two copies causing serious illness.
Please do not worry the odds of you both being carriers are very small and even if you both are 3 out of 4 of your children wouldn't be affected.