High leukocytes in pregnancy: is there to worry?

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High leukocytes in pregnancy

I leukocytes they are none other than the white blood cells. During pregnancy, however, it can happen that these increase. 





With the frequent blood tests that the gynecologist prescribes to the pregnant woman during the nine months of pregnancy, it is possible to always keep the blood values ​​under control, including leukocytes.

Never high leukocytes in pregnancy are they normal? Or are they a manifestation of some problem that affects the future mother and the fetus? Let's find out everything in this guide. 

In this article

  • High leukocytes in pregnancy: causes
  • What are the normal values ​​of leukocytes
  • High leukocytes in pregnancy: symptoms
  • High leukocytes in pregnancy: when to see your doctor
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High leukocytes in pregnancy: causes

Generally theincrease in white blood cells it is a sign of an infection, illness or stress. Pregnancy, however, is a separate situation.



In fact, during the nine months of gestation, an increase in leukocytes is normal - and need not worry. Somehow, in fact, the female body undergoes stress, because she is expecting a baby and everything changes in the organism, and precisely this wonderful change leads to the increase in the value of leukocytes in blood tests. 

First point clarified, therefore: high white blood cells in pregnancy they are not to alarm, just be kept under control, through the monthly routine exams. If this is the only increase, however, there is nothing to worry about and the gynecologist will be the first to reassure you. 

What are the normal values ​​of leukocytes

Normally, when the woman is not pregnant or when there are no ongoing infections and diseases, the white blood cells are between 5000 and 10000 per cubic millimeter of blood.



During pregnancy, leukotics can reach up to 11 thousand in the first weeks and increase up to 20 thousand in the last trimester. Furthermore, during labor, the values ​​soar further and can even reach 30000 leukocytes per cubic millimeter. 

High leukocytes in pregnancy: symptoms

"Are there any symptoms that can clearly signal the pregnant woman that she has high white blood cells?". This is one of the most common questions among pregnant women in the months of pregnancy.

The truth is that the woman can have high values ​​without experiencing any symptoms, but it is also possible that some signs appear. Symptoms when leukocytes are high in pregnancy can be:

  • temperature,
  • ache,
  • weight loss,
  • fatigue,
  • night sweats.

If even one of these symptoms is present, it is advisable to speak to the gynecologist. 

High leukocytes in pregnancy: when to see your doctor

I high leukocytes in pregnancy they must not be alarmed, therefore, but neither should they be taken lightly. Especially if followed by annoying symptoms or if accompanied by other high values ​​it is essential to talk to the gynecologist.

If in fact, in fact, an increase in white blood cells in pregnancy is normal, it is also true that there may be an infection or other in progress and therefore it is good to exclude any hypothesis.

When in the monthly analyzes the result of leukotics is beyond the normtherefore, consulting your doctor is the first thing to do. Always. 99% of future mothers will be reassured by the gynecologist, but it is always better not to be superficial, especially in a delicate phase like that of pregnancy. 

Sources: issalute.com; centroesculapio.com; 

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