Please Help Me With This 31 Weeks Pregnant So Worried Plea

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mrsbusydriver357 - September 18

the doctors told me my blood type is a positive and they said my anitbodies are positive and that i am rh positive and i had her explain it she said something bout my body attacking my baby and i have no clue whats going on can any of you tell me? she made me do blood tests all over again so im worried please help


clindholm - September 18

Sounds like they are talking about the Rh factor, right? Do you know your partners Rh status? Here is some info that I have copied over: woman is at risk when she has a negative Rh factor and her partner has a positive Rh factor. This combination can produce a child who is Rh positive. While the mother's and baby's blood systems are separate there are times when the blood from the baby can enter into the mother's system. This can cause the mother to create antibodies against the Rh factor, thus treating an Rh positive baby like an intruder in her body. If this happens the mother is said to be sensitized. A sensitized mother's body will make antibodies. These antibodies will then attack an Rh positive baby's blood, causing it to breaking down the red blood cells of the baby and anemia will develop. In severe cases this hemolytic disease can cause illness, brain damage and even death. Sensitization can also occur during a blood transfusion, miscarriage, abortion, ectopic pregnancy and even during some procedures, like amniocentesis. Since the antibodies do not disappear and rarely cause a problem in first pregnancies, it is very important to be screened thoroughly and give an accurate medical history to your doctor or midwife. The Good News Hemolytic disease can be prevented for many women, if they are not already sensitized. Rh immunoglobulin (RhIg) is a blood product given via injection to help the Rh negative mother by suppressing her ability to react to the Rh positive red cells. Reactions to the medication are generally minor, including soreness at the injection sight and sometimes a slight fever. Since a small number of unsensitized women may have problems with the end of pregnancy, many pract_tioners recommend that she be given an injection of RhIg (also known as Rhogam) at 28 weeks gestation, to prevent the few cases of sensitization that occur at the end of pregnancy. Each dose of RhIg lasts about 12 weeks. The mother will also be given RhIg within 72 hours of birth if the child is Rh positive. The baby's blood type can be determined easily after birth by cord blood samples. RhIg may also be given after an amniocentesis, miscarriage, abortion or postpartum sterilization (tubal ligation).



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