3 years

Thalassemia couple looking to have baby

Hi doctors,

I am a woman aged 26 with alpha thalassemia carrier (female) and my partner is beta thalassemia carrier (male). In this case, we would need to advise whether should we proceed to have our own baby or are we allow to do so ? What is the risk for mother and the baby ? Thank you

Hi, thank you for your question.

First and foremost, we truly understand your regarding thalassemia and pregnancy. We will try our best to help you.

Based on your description, if you have thalassemia and your partner carries the trait for thalassemia, there is a chance that your child or baby inherit thalassemia. You may need a counsellor or doctor to explain the risks to you, as well as offer some testing options to determine if the unborn baby has been affected.

Considering the mother’s (your) health, the stress of pregnancy can make the symptoms of thalassemia worse. Each of body systems such as cardiovascular and endocrine system, must be closely monitored before and throughout pregnancy, to avoid serious health conditions, include:

  • anemia
  • stress on the heart - heart disease
  • diabetes - patient with thalassemia have an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes

There are several questions that we need to enquire from you to explore different possibilities and make conclusions regarding your health condition.

You are recommended to speak with our doctor via teleconsultation who can assess your symptoms and offer further advice.

We hope this answers your questions. Thank You

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