Absolute Neutrophils High In Pregnancy
Absolute neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that plays an important role in the body’s immune response. During pregnancy, absolute neutrophil counts can increase due to the body’s increased demand for these cells. Although this is generally considered a normal part of pregnancy, an unusually high neutrophil count could indicate the presence of an illness or infection.
Why Do Neutrophils Increase During Pregnancy?
The body increases production of neutrophils during pregnancy in order to prepare for any potential threats to the growing baby. As the baby grows, its immune system is not strong enough to fight off infections, so the mother’s body takes up the responsibility of protecting her unborn child by increasing its production of neutrophils. This increase in neutrophils keeps the mother’s body ready to ward off any germs that may cause illness or infection.
What Are The Signs of an Unusually High Neutrophil Count?
An unusually high neutrophil count can be an indication of an illness or infection. Symptoms of an infection may include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to speak to your doctor as soon as possible to receive a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
What Are The Risks of Having High Neutrophils During Pregnancy?
Having an unusually high neutrophil count can have several possible risks during pregnancy. Some of the potential risks include:
- Increased risk of premature birth
- Increased risk of gestational diabetes
- Increased risk of pre-eclampsia
- Increased risk of congenital birth defects
These risks may vary depending on the cause of the high neutrophil count. It is important to speak to your doctor to address any questions or concerns you may have.
What Can I Do To Reduce The Risk of Having a High Neutrophil Count?
There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of having a high neutrophil count during pregnancy. Some of these measures include:
- Getting a flu shot
- Practicing good hygiene
- Maintaining a healthy diet and appropriate weight
- Getting regular exercise
Following these recommendations can help ensure that your neutrophil count is within normal range and reduce your risk of developing any infections or illnesses.
Absolute neutrophil counts can increase during pregnancy due to the body’s increased demand for these cells. It is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with having a high neutrophil count and to take precautions to ensure that your count remains within normal range. Following a healthy lifestyle and speaking to your doctor if you experience any signs of infection will help reduce your risk and ensure the health of you and your baby.
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