Pre and Post Donation Care
You should get adequate rest the night before your donation, as well as on the actual day itself.
There is no need to abstain from food before your donation. You should take your meals regularly on the actual day – in fact, eating a light meal 2 to 3 hours before your donation will help.
You should also drink lots of fluids, from the day before and till the day of your donation.
You should refrain from any strenuous or athletic activities, in particular heavy lifting with your “donating arm”, for at least 24 hours after your donation. You should also continue to hydrate yourself throughout the day of your donation.
Find out more about post-donation care here.
- One proof of identity for registration, a contactable address and a telephone number in Singapore within the next 6 months.
- A consent form signed by your parent/guardian if you happen to be 16 or 17 years old.
Dietary Recommendation for Regular Donors
It is important that you eat well-balanced and iron-rich meals to replenish the iron stocks in your body following a donation. Insufficient iron will result in iron deficiency.
The iron found in food comes in two forms – either heme or non-heme iron. Heme iron is present in red meat, poultry and fish, while non-heme iron can be found in plants such as fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts. Find out more about iron-rich foods here.
The difference between the two forms of iron is that non-heme iron is harder for the body to absorb once you have consumed food that contains calcium, tannic acid (found in tea and coffee) or phytates (found in whole grains and legumes).
Therefore, it is especially important that regular donors who are vegetarian consume plenty of iron-rich foods to ensure that they maintain healthy levels of iron.
On average, only 5 to 10% of the iron in the food that you eat is absorbed by your body. To improve the iron absorption, you can take vitamin C, in either natural form or from supplements.
However, the vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables can easily be damaged while it is being prepared for consumption e.g. by chopping, washing, exposure to air or cooking. To preserve the vitamin C content in food and in turn increase the amount of iron you absorb, avoid over-cooking and consume food that is freshly cooked.
If you have any questions, or are not feeling well after your donation, feel free to contact our Medical Officer at 6213 0626.
Thank You, Please Come Again
Thanks to your contribution, someone’s life is saved. If you would like to make another donation in future, please ensure that your body is fully recovered from your previous donation before doing so.