the last time i was pregnant, i had a molar pregnancy but they told me that the next time i got pregnant to let the doctor know that i am RH negative... it seemed really important and i am afraid i need to get something done about it soon.Answer Question
Answer by pinkcicle709 at 11:51 PM on May. 29, 2010
Answer by lowencope at 11:51 PM on May. 29, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 11:59 PM on May. 29, 2010
Rh stands for Rhesus (like the monkey) and is another kind of blood factor like the A-B-O system. Most people, about 85%, are Rh positive. There is an Rh incompatibility if an Rh negative mother has aÂ Rh positive baby. That can only happen if the father is Rh positive.
With the first baby the mother develops antibodies. These will cross into the baby's blood and the baby will probably live but will need it's blood taken out and replaced, an exchange transfusion. By the third baby the mother will have so many antibodies she will miscarry, the baby will be born stillborn, or the baby will die soon after birth.
Then RhoGam was invented. It is Rh antibodies. Injecting them into the mother tricks the mother's body and then she doesn't make the antibodies. It's a passive immunization, a blood product.
Answer by Gailll at 12:20 AM on May. 30, 2010
It used to be mothers just got the shot after birth but now you get it during pregnancy, after procedures like amniocentesis, after miscarriage, and other times. The mother's blood is tested for type and to see if she already has antibodies. The baby's blood is tested for type. There is a crossmatch done before the RhoGam is given.
Before the 70s Catholic women were really against birth control. Before RhoGam some women would keep having babies every 10 months that die right after birth because of Rh incomatibility. If their husbands were homozygous Rh positive all their babies would be Rh positive and die. Can you imagine having 10 or more babies die.Â One of my instructors when I was in medical lab technology training had this problem. She met the inventor of RhoGam, he was her hero. He saved other women from her fate.
Answer by Gailll at 12:33 AM on May. 30, 2010
It is possible to have an A-B-O incompatibility with your baby, it's rare. You can have antibodies to your baby's blood type. Usually your blood and the baby's blood don't mix enough for this to be a problem but sometimes it can. Then the baby will be jaundiced, have anemia, and may need an exchange transfusion with fresh blood.
Answer by Gailll at 12:41 AM on May. 30, 2010
Answer by erika_wright at 1:04 AM on May. 30, 2010
Answer by canadianmom1974 at 2:40 AM on May. 30, 2010
Answer by aeneva at 9:38 AM on May. 30, 2010
Answer by KaRaBaSsEtT at 6:59 PM on May. 30, 2010