» Drink plenty of water the night and morning before you donate.

» Eat breakfast to help keep your blood sugar up.

» Avoid fatty foods for twenty-four hours before you donate.

» Avoid smoking on the day before donating. You can smoke 3 hours after donation.

» Ask for a blanket if your hands or feet start to feel cold.

» Have a snack after the donation.Rest for a few minutes enjoying your snack before leaving the donation site.

» Eat a meal high in protein after your donation: beef, chicken or legumes are excellent choices.

» You will not be eligible to donate blood if you have consumed alcohol 48 hours before donation.

» Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.

Nervous ? Read this :

» Will I feel tired ?

You will not feel drained or tired if you continue to drink fluids and have a good meal.

» Will I be bedridden for the rest of the day ?

You can resume all your normal activities, though you're asked to refrain.

» Will I be in danger of having low blood ?

If you are verified to donate by the doctor you will still have surplus blood after the donation.

» Ahh - Syringes ! How much will it hurt ?

No, you will not feel any pain.

» Does one feel dizzy after this ?

You will not faint or feel uncomfortable after donating blood.

» Oh My God ! I'll get AIDS !

No! Make sure disposable syringes are used and all measures are taken to keep you germ free.

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