What does high white blood cells mean?

I’m 18 weeks and six days pregnant and have a rash on my neck/shoulder, and they sort of look like hickies. I went to urgent care yesterday and got blood work done and received a phone call today saying everything looked okay. I reviewed my results myself, and my white blood cell counts were flagged as high. I have an appointment Friday with my OB to get more testing done, but I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this?

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Please please get more tests. I don’t want to scare you, but high white blood cell counts meant something almost tragic for my mom.

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I had that too they said it means my body was trying to fight an infection but they couldn’t find what but i was fine and felt fine and everything was fine with the baby etc

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Usually means an infection somewhere.

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Could mean you have an infection.

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How high? Mine are 17.5 which doctor says is completely normal in pregnancy. She says shes seen as high as 18.

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Infection. Could just be yeast infection or BV, I always had those when I was pregnant but I’m sure your doc will clarify

Normal WBC is 4.5-12 (thousand per L) so it depends on how high it is. High WBCs can mean inflammation or infection in the body but is not specific

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Don’t stress yourself out until you speak with an actual Dr. Its not worth it.

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Being pregnant your wbc can be higher than normal levels

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Agree means you’re fighting infection

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Ur body is fighting an infection of some sort .

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The rash could be pupps I had pupps while prego and while I didnt have high counts my body was not happy and caused a rash that was staying until baby was born and then I had to use natural remedies to resolve it completely

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Pupps more than likely and it is horrible doesn’t go away tillDelivery

Its ok its an infection your body is fighting off…I get them and every pregnancy (5) i had this! It wont affect the baby and should settle down after birth…of course me I am the science experiment…lol…mine decided after having baby to go out of control and basically overtook my red blood cell count! So IV antibiotics and oral after 24 hrs. This is rare but yep it happens sometimes

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My count was high as well and my ob said it’s normal when pregnant

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White blood cell counts naturally go high when pregnant. It’s actually a good indicator of a healthy pregnancy.

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See? These are my results from yesterday. Mine are high, but still within the normal range for a healthy pregnancy. Hope that helps.

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