RH Negative

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Belief - February 19

Hey girls.... I was wondering if anyone is Rh negative. I miscarried in Nov. and had to get a shot. I read some articles that said if I become pregnant again I will have to get another shot in the first trimester. My HPT was positive twice, but I haven't set up an appt with my doctor. Can anyone relate?

 

Whisper - February 19

Hi, I'm Rh- as well. Usually the Rhogam isn't needed in the first trimester, unless there is bleeding. Otherwise the shot is usually at 28 weeks and again at delivery. We have to get the shot when we miscarry because there is bleeding involved. I just went through the same thing myself and this is how it was all explained to me. Ask your doctor to be sure, but I think as long as no bleeding, you shouldn't need it until later. Best of luck, and lots of sticky baby dust for you! =)

 

Whisper - February 19

Oh, and if you do get the shot in first trimester due to bleeding, I think they were saying that the shot is needed every 12 weeks after the first is given (hence 28 and 40 weeks for normal preg) So if say you got it at 8 weeks the first time, you would need it again at 20 weeks, then at 32, and then around time of delivery still i think. Its all kind of complicated, I know. Hehe. But I'm pretty sure that in another pregnancy it would be the same as the first one, you just get the shot the first time when there is bleeding or if not then at 28 weeks. Still ask your doc to be certain, because there is always the possibility that it was explained to me wrong or that I misunderstood.

 

Patti - February 19

You have to get a shot with every pregnancy. If you miscarry, you automatically get a shot because they don't know if the baby was RH pos or RH neg. If the baby was rh pos your body builds antibodies that would fight your next pregnancy (if the baby is rh pos.) You automatically get a shot at 28 weeks and after birth, only if the baby is rh pos. If you give birth to an rh neg, you don't need the after birth shot. I've never heard of getting shots because of bleeding. I had bleeding early w/ 2 pregnancies and didn't get rhogam early. Of course, I'm no Dr.so what do I know :>) I do know they do blood test for an antibody screen. That may be the reason for shots early in the pregnancy, if the screen is positive for antibodies. Your Dr. will be able to clear this all up for you. You can also ask a nurse when you call to make your appointment. That way you don't have to worry while you wait to get in. Congrats and good luck to you!!!

 

Whisper - February 19

I had to get the shot for bleeding, before my m/c actually occurred. It was just threatened m/c at the time, and they said they give rhogam anytime there is significant bleeding to be safe, cause they can't always say what the bleeding is caused by.

 

Belief - February 19

When I had my mc, I hadn't started bleeding but had severe abdominal cramps and low back pains. I went ahead with the D&C the following day b/c I was leaving town and my doctor was extremely concerned with me traveling for the holidays. After the D&C, they gave me the shot. Everything is really foggy but I did read some research and everyone advice sounds very familiar. Thanks a bunch girls!

 

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