Register | Login
Sign in with:
---------- OR ----------
Create Account | Login
Create account
As a Member You Can:
  • Join clubs to discuss your interests
  • Connect with people like you
  • Share information, seek advice, get support

in Mumbai (change city)
Select City
  • All
  • Delhi
  • New Delhi
  • Gurgaon
  • Noida
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Banglore
  • Hyderabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Chandigarh
  • Ahmedabad
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Jaipur
select‌ stage
Preconception Topics..

You are here : home > Preconception > Tests before Pregnancy > Hemoglobin Test before Conception

Hemoglobin Test before Conception

Hemoglobin Test before Conception

A hemoglobin test is a must before planning conception as it will determine the general health condition of would be mother. A shortage of hemoglobin would affect the health of the pregnant woman and also the developing baby. Read on to know more.

A hemoglobin test is very important when you are planning a baby. This will reveal the amount of power or the potential of your red blood cells to carry oxygen. The vitality of the test lies in the fact that the same blood will be passing on to meet the requirements of the baby. This is because he will be deriving the oxygen for survival from the blood that flows into him through the placenta.

It is thus necessary that the mother has sufficient hemoglobin in her blood stream to meet that demand. Generally, the expected levels are between 12-14 grams. When the levels fall below 10 grams, doctors consider the condition to be anemic and prescribe appropriate medication so that the woman is in perfect condition to bear a baby.

Why is Hemoglobin Important?

The blood derives its red colour due to the presence of protein and this is called hemoglobin. It forms a bonding with the oxygen present in the lungs and it gets transported to the entire body. After this it gets released to the cells and tissues according to thier requirements. A healthy hemoglobin level is required especially when you are planning a pregnancy as you need to meet the requirements of both your body and your baby. It becomes all the more important to maintain a proper level as most women tend to become anemic during pregnancy due to various reasons. This is usually caused as the red blood cell production suddenly plummets, or the RBC gets destroyed thereby resulting in the total count of RBC in blood.

The Effects of Low Hemoglobin

Even if the anemic condition is not very acute, the individual tends to feel weak and fatigued throughout the entire day. It is highly essential to maintain and check your hemoglobin levels as in extreme low RBC count; the woman can suddenly lose consciousness and even die. The simple reason is the lack of enough oxygen in the blood stream. Further if the woman is pregnant, the situation becomes tough for the fetus as well. The sole source of oxygen for the fetus is through the blood it receives from the mother. If it receives too little oxygen, the normal development of the fetus is sure to get affected. This can give rise to a whole lot of complications and negatively impact the well being of the fetus.

Thus when the hemoglobin levels are checked before conception, the doctor gets a chance to prescribe medicines and suggest appropriate diet that will help the RBC count to rise to at least the normal level. The baseline concentrations are very important. The testing is done well before conception, after conception and during the various stages of the pregnancy. The doctors compare them with the later readings or levels and study the changes to determine whether it is a condition of progressive anemia.

How is the Hemoglobin Test Done?

A sample of blood is drawn out with an injection from the vein of the arm. Hemoglobin is often a part of a complete blood count test. Here, not only the number of RBCs is counted, but the number of white blood cells or WBCs are counted as well along with the platelet count. The hematocrit levels are also checked that is the exact solid versus liquid constitution of the blood.

The doctor not only gets to know about the hemoglobin levels but also the immunity levels and blood clot potential of the woman. Accordingly he can prescribe medications so as to ensure a delivery of the baby after a successful pregnancy term where the mother and baby are both in sound health.

Save Edit
Sort by Newest


Mayra.9 years ago
i am planning to conceive but i do not want to get any tests done as i am afraid of needles. instead of going in for tests, should i start taking multivitamin supplements in order to prevent deficiencies.
Guniya.9 years ago
it is very important to undergo hemoglobin test before conception. a healthy hemoglobin level is a must for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. low hemoglobin levels causes anemia and results in fatigue and tiredness. it is better to get treated for low hemoglobin before planning conception.
Neena.9 years ago
i have always had a low haemoglobin. i have healthy and iron rich diet also but still my haemoglobin levels are below normal. i am now planning to conceive. will this affect my pregnancy? what should i do to prevent complications.
Back to Previous Page   |   More on Preconception Index


Discussion Forum - Recent Posts
What is the significance of doing Hemoglobin test before conception? How can low Hemoglobin harm the unborn baby? Why is it necessary to get Hemoglobin test before getting pregnant?
view more >>
Getting Pregnant
RE:Need help
Hello... How are you? Hope, all is well. You are from? ... - Dippy    read >>

RE:desperately trying to get pregnant
Yes. Ganotherapy will help to balance hormones in body. ... - Dippy    read >>

RE:Need help
It's ok ... - Dippy    read >>

Ganotherapy for childless couples
I have formula which can be tried by both... Wife and husband... This is re ... - Dipak Hadawale    read >>

- Poor Immunity in Kids
- Five Fun Ways to Break Fussy Eating Habits in   Kids
- Top 5 Easy-to-Make Ice-Candy Recipes for Kids
- Tips for Preventing Pinworms in Children
- Signs that a Child is Anaemic
- Things You Should Never Allow Your Son to Do
- Home Remedies for Cold in Children
- Reasons Why Kids May Start Disrespecting   Parents
- Indian Baby Names
- Indian Baby Girl Names
- Indian Baby Boy Names
- Top 100 Hindu Baby Names
- Free Printable Coloring Pages for Kids and Adults


All tips on Tests Before Pregnancy
You ever wanted in one place.
No need to go anywhere else. No spam.

*No spam only genuine emails
Follow us on:

Featured Articles - Infertility | Baby Development | Health and Fitness | How to Get Pregnant | Parenting Advice | Weight Loss | Pregnancy Advice | Name Numerology
Baby - Baby Photo Contest | Lucky Names | Lucky Birthdates | Horoscopes | Chinese Calendar | Compatibility Test | Fun Zone
Parenting - Message Boards | Planning a Baby | Pregnancy | Parents of Babies | Baby Names | Baby Name Poll | Birth Announcements | Parenting Quiz
Family - Cooking Club | Love & Relationships | Beauty Tips | Kids Weight Calculator | Recipe Maker
General - Calorie Counter | Personality Quiz | Love Signs | Compatibility Quiz