Can a woman with sickle cell disease have a normal pregnancy?

Thanks to major medical advances, most women with sickle cell disease — even those who have heart or kidney complications — can have a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

How is sickle cell anemia treated during pregnancy?

Your provider may change your medicine to one that’s safe for your baby during pregnancy. For example, hydroxyurea is a medicine that may help prevent red blood cells from sickling. It’s used to treat SCD pain episodes. However, it isn’t recommended during pregnancy because it may increase the risk of birth defects.

Does pregnancy worsen sickle cell?

Some women with sickle cell disease have no change in their disease during pregnancy. In others, the disease may get worse. Painful events called sickle cell crises may still occur in pregnancy. These events may be treated with medicines that are safe to use during pregnancy.

Does sickle cell cause birth defects?

Sometimes it can cause birth defects or other health conditions. A birth defect is a health condition that is present in a baby at birth. Your baby has to inherit a gene change for sickle cell from both parents to have SCD.

What is the lifespan of a person with sickle cell?

With a national median life expectancy of 42–47 years, people with sickle cell disease (SCD) face many challenges, including severe pain episodes, stroke, and organ damage.

What are the chances of having a baby with sickle cell?

Sickle Cell Trait (or Sickle Trait) A person who has sickle trait can pass it on to their children. If one parent has sickle cell trait and the other parent has the normal type of hemoglobin, there is a 50% (1 in 2) chance with EACH pregnancy that the baby will be born with sickle cell trait.

How is sickle cell diagnosed in pregnancy?

If you or your partner has SCD or sickle cell trait, you can have a prenatal test to find out if your baby has SCD or sickle cell trait. You can have either of these tests: Chorionic villus sampling (also called CVS). This test checks tissue from the placenta for birth defects and genetic conditions.

How old is the oldest living person with sickle cell?

The oldest person currently living with sickle cell, Asiata Onikoyi-Laguda, is 94.

Is sickle cell a death sentence?

The Head, Department of Medicine at the General Hospital, Ijede, Dr. Ogo-Oluwa Adeyemi, has asserted that Sickle Cell Disorder is not a death sentence as those diagnosed with sickle cell disease have the tendency of living longer than expected due to improvement in medical and personal care. Dr.