RH Any Information

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Nell143 - June 19

I found out that I am RH - and that I will get a shot to make sure the I do not reject my baby. How far along are you when you receive the shot and what is keeping me from rejecting it now?

 

olivia - June 19

You get one shot in your third trimester (28 weeks?). Then when the baby is born, if it is RH+, you will get another shot. If the baby is RH- you will not get another shot. You are not rejecting the baby for a couple different reasons. If this is your first child, and you have not had any miscariages, then you have not had a chance to create antibodies to attack RH+ blood. The second possible reason is you still don't know your babies blood type, if it is RH- then no worries you will have no chance of creating antibodies. Your first chance will be at delivery (or if they do amnio) and you will get a shot then to protect you if when they test the baby it is RH+. The first child is generally safe from RH disease, it is to protect the next children that they give the shot. The shot is a miracle for us RH- women, RH disease is getting quite rare due to these preventative measures. Good luck and try not to worry about it. There are lots of RH- women out there (me included) who are at risk. (Kids are only at risk when the babies father is RH+ and the Mother is RH-). Good luck, hope this made some sort of sense....

 

Nell143 - June 19

What exactly is RH disease?

 

olivia - June 19

It is basically your blood attacks the babies blood, and usually the baby is very sick. I believe the treatment is a complete blood transfusion at birth to switch the babies blood type to an RH-. There is an article about it at webmd: http://www.webmd.com do a search in the box for "RH disease".

 

Nell143 - June 19

Thank you Olivia you have been very informative and helpful. I really appreciate it.

 

Leilani14 - June 20

Hi Nell! I'm Rh - too and this is my first child. I just wanted to say that it is important that you receive Rohgam shot at 28 weeks and then after birth too. Today Rh- is almost not considered a problem anymore because of Rohgam shots. The problem is if your baby is Rh+, because small amounts of babys blood pa__ses through placenta and moms blood starts to create antibodies which kill babys blood cells. This process is slow and if you don't receive Rohgam shot there is a big chance that your first Rh+ baby will have no issues, but it becomes an issue for later prengnancies. Rohgam shot prevents your body to create antibodies and it is a very simple solution to a very komplex problem. Remember that every time when there is a chanse of moms and babys blood to come in touch you need to receive Rohgam shot like miscarriage or amniocintesis. Take care and good luck

 

SuzieQ - June 20

Also, it's not a disease. It's just a blood type. You don't have to worry about it in early pregnancy because you and the baby do not exchange blood at all. My step mom is rh- (and me) and when I told her about Rhogam she was shocked, as she was told she wouldn't be able to have more children (this was 40 yrs ago).

 

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