Q. Will thalassemia minor cause any major problem in pregnancy and delivery?

Answered by
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 31, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am a 30-year-old female. I have thalassemia minor. Is there any problem in the future relating to pregnancy and delivery? Or is it fine to be pregnant at this age with thalassemia minor? Please reply. I dont have any problem now. My hemoglobin level keeps between 10 to 11 g/dL.



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Thalassemia minor female can get pregnant and can have a child with normal genome without thalassemia or there can be thalassemia minor in children. Thalassemia minor is not a major health disease and do not worry about that even though it is present in your future child.

But you need to rule out thalassemia minor in your husband. If your husband is thalassemia minor then the child can have 25 percentage chance of acquiring thalassemia major which is dangerous. So kindly rule out thalassemia status of your husband and let me know about that. Kindly upload your report to guide you further.

Thank you doctor,

Is there any problem with spleen after pregnancy or delivery? Some doctor has told to my future partner that there will be a spleen problem after delivery in a thalassemic minor female and complications may occur during pregnancy. So he is breaking the relationship. Please guide me about it.



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Following is my opinion for your asked questions.

There will not be any problem in spleen after delivery due to thalassemia minor. So it is a false belief as per my opinion. If you have thalassemia major then it can be complicated but not in thalassemia minor. The hemoglobin level above 10 g/dL can be enough for normal delivery.

However, I strongly suggest that your future partner need to investigate for thalassemia. If he is having thalassemia minor then do not marry or else there is no need to worry.

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