Rh FactorMake sure that you know what your Rh factor is during your pregnancy!
Early on in pregnancy, at one of the first prenatal visits, healthcare professionals draw blood to determine the type of blood that a pregnant woman has. There are four different types of blood: A, B, AB and O. Beside of the type, there is a minus or a plus sign. This is the Rh factor. If you have a certain protein on the surface of your red blood cells, you will have a positive Rh factor. If the protein does not exist, you will have a negative Rh factor. The majority of people have a positive Rh factor. If a woman has a negative Rh factor and her partner has a positive Rh factor, she is considered to be a risk because it can cause the baby to become Rh positive. During pregnancy, the blood supply of the fetus and the mother are separate. There are times that the blood can cross though. If the baby is Rh positive and the mother is Rh negative, her body will treat the baby as a foreign substance and will begin to make antibodies that attack the baby's blood.
Babies that are born to mothers that have a conflicting Rh factor can have problems, ranging from mild to severe. Hemolysis, jaundice, anemia, heart failure, respiratory distress and death can occur if the condition is not treated properly.
However, as long as the mother and her healthcare provider are aware of the condition, complications can be prevented. A series of RhoGAM shots will be given to the mother to prevent any problems. The RhoGAM injections do not allow antibodies to form against the baby's blood. Pregnant women will receive one shot when she is approximately 28 weeks pregnant and then again shortly after delivery of the baby.
Make sure that you ask what your Rh factor is during your pregnancy. If you think you are pregnant, it is important to get tested right away so that your healthcare provider can begin prenatal treatment.
Comments: Rh Factor
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1357 days ago.
Does anyone know if Rh Factor can cause excessive bruising?? monika00
1388 days ago.
i am rh negative and i got the shot 2 times before i had a still born. they also didn't want me to have the shot becuse they said later but i spotted 2 times in the 1st tri. if you make a big deal they will give it to you f you are spotting better to be safe... i had an incomplete cervix so my baby not making it was a different factor i got the shot after delivery also. BLUROC
1435 days ago.
I had a very early miscarriage Jan 08'. After 3 yrs of TTC I was told I needed IVF. I am 7 wks pregnant. I am A- and DH is O+. My Dr. says that I do not need the rhogham shot until 28 weeks. I am nervous because I can't afford another IVF cycle and I dont want to mess up my only chance at having a child. dominique23
1447 days ago.
hoping77-i had the same issue around 7 weeks or so and got my first shot. it doesnt hurt anything, your body isnt attacking the baby, your blood would of had to mix. hoping77
1447 days ago.
I am 7w3d and started bleeding. I have been suffering from mild cramping everyday from the start. Here's my question..They gave me the RH shot the other day and bleeding and cramping has stopeed (Thank god!). So, with me being this far along with my body attacking the baby do you think there will be any developmental side effects? krystled10
1513 days ago.
im 10 weeks 5 days and yesterday i had bleeding and today i had my doctors appt and she had me get the rhogam shot now just in case that was what was causing the bleeding cause the baby had a good heart beat and was moving around so im praying there is no more blood KyMMie MuMMy
1714 days ago.
My Blood type is O Negative. I'm Rh Negative. While trying to conceive my second child in 2008 I feel pregnant only to lose that pregnancy because I failed to remember I needed the shot. It was a VERY painful experience that I will never forget. PLEASE Rh Negatives, if you have spotting bleeding, get yourself to a hospital and get the Anti-D shot!!!!! liz82
1764 days ago.
i just wrote a blog regruding this can someone please comment thanks angelicb1437
1892 days ago.
If the vaccination stays in your body for 12 weeks why did I have to get one at 28 weeks, 3 weeks later when I was in a minor car accident, and again after my daughter was born?? Can anyone say overkill????? aussie-jess
1914 days ago.
consiebaby- I had a miscarriage back in march, and I had to get the RH shot within 72 hours of bleeding. Make sure your doctor gives you the RH shot as soon as you can! happyforest
2141 days ago.
lim- the reason they give the shot at 28 weeks is because it stays in your body for 12 weeks. with me they were very strict that i HAD to get it in week 28.