Donating plasma is a low risk procedure if you prepare before donation. Donation rejection occurs if you have low iron levels, low levels of protein, donate with a fever above 99 degrees, or have high blood pressure.
So, What to do before Donating Plasma? Avoid: caffeine, smoking and drinking before donating plasma to lower your heart rate. Do not smoke a cigarette in an hour before arriving at the center to donate.
Do: Eat carbohydrate heavy foods to avoid fainting from lack of energy. Finally, drink plenty of water after you donate to replenish fluids. Be well rested before your plasma donation. It is important to relax your mind before plasma donation, for plasma donations can easily empty the mind of juice, and your body of rich, rich plasma juice.
Drink how much water before Donating Plasma?
Drink an extra 16 oz. juice or non-alcoholic fluids before the donation. A couple of glasses of water before you go to is also good. Basically, the water should be your go-to drink the day before and day of each plasma donation.
Water keeps hydration levels up, so be sure to drink plenty of water before and after plasma donation. I usually try to drink at least half a liter of water a day before donating and a few glasses before going to donate.
Drinking plenty of water before the donation process actually speeds up the process. Believe me, it's done wonders for my donation times. Being dehydrated means that you probably will feel bad when you donate, and your hydration levels affect how long it will take a donation. Plus, when I leave the donation center, I was not as dehydrated, because I've still got some water in my system.
Can I have caffeine / alcohol before plasma donation?
Also, avoid caffeine for better health for a smoother plasma donation process. Caffeine can cause increased heart rate, which does not make the process of plasma donation easy. If you drink juice or tea with food or snacks, make sure it is caffeine free. Avoid drinking alcohol the night before and the day of your donation, and at least four hours after donation.
Can I Take Aspirin or Other Analgesic Medication Before Donating Plasma
Bayer aspirin is a blood thinner, so it's not a good idea to donate plasma while on regular aspirin therapy. If you occasionally take aspirin tablets for headaches, or other aches and pains, you must wait 4 hours after taking aspirin to donate plasma. Ideally, don't take aspirin the day of plasma donation at all. This also goes for other headache medicines and blood thinners, like Advil, Advil PM, liquigels, capsules, powders, and sleeping pills with pain medication.
Can I donate while I'm having my period?
Yes, women are advised that donating plasma while on their period/menstruating is perfectly safe, with extra safety precautions. Plasma donation can cause extra menstrual cramps, especially while dehydrated, so it's especially important for women on their period to drink extra water before donating. Do not donate while pregnant, however, as donating while pregnant can cause pregnancy complications, dangerously low fluid levels, and fainting. Pregnant women should wait at least 6 months after birth before safely donating plasma again.
What Are the Best things to eat before Donating Plasma?
Iron rich and protein rich foods are the best things to eat before plasma donation, foods like liver and broccoli. If you do not have enough iron in the blood the plasma donation center will reject you as a donor, at least until you get your low iron levels up.
Ok, so maybe I'm not into health food, but two days a week when I donate, you can bet that I get enough protein, vitamins, iron and carbohydrate snacks, etc, to make my body happy (and not be rejected for donation.) Needless to say, I also take iron pills before and after each donation these days to avoid rejection.
Eat a good meal before and after donating plasma. Eating healthy before plasma donation not only raises the iron levels and protein levels of blood, but it also keeps you from getting sick while donating. Eat foods rich in proteins, some before you go, too (low protein may get you rejected from donating plasma.)
Things to Avoid Eating Before Donating Plasma
Avoid fatty and high-cholesterol foods 24 hours before donation.
Avoid: foods such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. Eating fatty foods before plasma donation can give your Plasma a milky appearance. Your plasma should be yellow (straw colored) to dark red color. If your plasma has a milky color, you will be banned from donating plasma that day.
Do: snack before and after. Eat healthy snacks (such as a banana or energy bar) after donating.
What to Do After Donating Plasma
After donating plasma, relax your body.
Eat before and after donation, to replenish lost vitamins. Other good foods to eat after donation:
- Green vegetables (broccoli, lettuce, spinach, kale, and celery)
- Protein rich foods (red meat, steak, beef, pork, or plant proteins like beans and eggs)
- Plain yogurt
- Electrolyte drinks (Gatorade, or other sports waters with electrolytes)
- Fruits (banana, strawberry, papaya, or pineapple)
- Plenty of water (especially vitamin enhanced, or sugar water)
Don't lift heavy objects for 4 hours after donation, and don't exercise for 24 hours afterward. Strenuous exercise (body building, strength resistance training, or cardio) after donation, weight lifting, and running/jogging/jumping jacks, can make the bandage come off, or re-open the donation vein. In particular, don't lift weights the day after donating plasma. In the worst cases, physical activity after donation can cause a blood clot in the donation vein. Things not to eat or drink the day after donating include alcohol, saturated fatty foods, and smoking. Wait to smoke at least an hour after donation, and preferably 24 hours after.
Plasma Center Rejection for Fever
If you feel a fever/high temperature coming on, but only slightly, take your temperature before going to the donation center to donate plasma. Avoid donation rejections if you're feeling sick. Upon returning, the nurses will want to know exactly when your fever breaks, because you will be banned from donating plasma for several days after your high temperature diminishes.
These are tips on how to prepare for plasma donation (and avoid reasons for rejection.)
Good for you to donate plasma. But the fact that the donation center pays me money for donating plasma is not the only reason I continue to donate plasma long term. Just think, the money is nice, but make sure that your heart is in the right place before you donate.
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