Blood Type/RH & Pregnancy

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Blood Type/RH & Pregnancy
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Sat, 12-20-2008 - 6:32pm

I noticed on another site some ladies were discussing blood type and mentioning having to have shots due to what blood type they and their husbands had. I was curious so I did some research. It's more to do with if your RH- and the father is RH+. If the baby is RH+, it can cause problems-though I guess it's not common?. But considering I'm O- and Stephen's O+ I'm glad to have come across this bit of information. This site explained it pretty well : http://www.healthline.com/blogs/pregnancy_childbirth/2007/02/implications-of-negative-blood-type.html

I had no idea about this, and not sure if it's been discussed here or not...but wanted to share in case someone else out that didn't know about it.

Has any BTDT moms dealt with this issue?


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Edited 12/20/2008 6:37 pm ET by americanbrunette

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Sat, 12-20-2008 - 6:52pm
Hi, I'm a lurker/wtt grad! I'm RH- also and all that happened was that when I was 20wks I was given and Rogham shot. When my daughter was born if I she was tested and if she was RH+ I'd have to get another. I didn't get a 2nd shot so I assume she - also. It really isn't anything to worry about, aslong as you have the shot you'll be fine.


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Sat, 12-20-2008 - 7:19pm

K, I'm not BTDT, but I learned in my A&P class that the reason it's called "Rh" is because it was discovered in Rhesus monkeys. I thought that was way weird!


I don't have to worry about it though, because I'm O+. :)



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Sat, 12-20-2008 - 7:48pm

Thanks for the response. I figure even if it's not something to be really worried about, it's good to be informed of any issue that could arise. :-) I'm glad it's something preventable, not that I like the idea of a shot lol

& btw your baby girl is adorable. :-D


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Sat, 12-20-2008 - 10:47pm

I had looked that up a bit ago!





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Sat, 12-20-2008 - 10:56pm
lol sure...I figure that's my luck with having a fear of needles. But whatever it takes for a healthy baby right? :-)

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Sun, 12-21-2008 - 9:13pm
I had a friend who had this issue - she was in getting shots from about week 4 really regularly because she kept spotting they thought she could loose baby. She was in emergency up to a couple of times a week. Once through the first trimester they calmed down a bit, and I'm not sure what they wound up doing at the end, but she has a 9 month old boy now from that pregnancy.

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Sun, 12-21-2008 - 9:23pm
I'm glad things turned out well for your friend. :-) I read it's not that common something happens from it, but that the complications can be serious.

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Sun, 12-21-2008 - 9:36pm

I know its different now then it used to be but when my mother was pregnany with me and my little brother they told her that she didn't have to have the shot until her third child, unless this was a different issue and I am confusing things. :)


I am O- and Matt is A+ so its looking like this is something we will have to deal with when the time comes.


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Sun, 12-21-2008 - 10:06pm

It makes sense...it says it's more of an issue after the first pregnancy because it gives your body time to build up antibodies and you become sensitized - which is the issue if the baby is RH+. From what I've read, the shots during the first pregnancy will help out with future pregnancies as well.

http://www.healthline.com/blogs/pregnancy_childbirth/2007_02_01_pregnancy_childbirth_archive.html

It's definitely something I'll be discussing with the doctor when the time comes. From what I've been reading, it seems like you should have the shots from the first pregnancy...just in case.


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Mon, 12-22-2008 - 4:21am

Hi Kim,

I'm also rh-. With me, the Drs just assumed my DH is RH+ (as most people are) so I get preventative shots at 28w and 34w and after the birth; plus whenever I'm bleeding (thankfully that hasn't happened so far!). I knew I was rh-, but they do blood tests quite early on anyway to determine your blood group etc so it won't be overlooked. They also check later on if you've already got antibodies in your blood, meaning your blood has already mixed with your babies' at some point. The risk for a first baby is not too high as you said, but the baby might become anaemic if a blood exchange happens and the mother develops antibodies. The risk is higher with subsequent pregnancies, as then your body knows that the baby is a "foreign body" and will try to get rid of it (i.e. miscarry!).
BTW I'm something of a freak of nature, as I inherited the rh- from my dad whereas my mother is RH+ - which is very uncommon as normally the RH+ is the dominant factor!

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