I had no idea that so many complications could come with pregnancy...Rh negative

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  1. sandyhen85

    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    I'm really sorry if I sound a bit dense here, but I am confused about the Rh factor, I have read the thread that is on here and various things online, but still confused. I had a mc in Aug 2012 followed by an ectopic pregnancy this year...I am now 10 weeks pregnant and rh- I did not get any shots following my last two pregnancies (the 2 losses) though and I have read that now it would be too late and I would just need to be monitored and baby might need blood transfusions in the womb if it gets anemia...am I understanding everything right, is this correct there is nothing that can be done because of my previous losses? I'm very concerned now...it feels like I get through one hurdle and then come across another, I just want to be able to relax and enjoy my pregnancy, but it appears that is not to be for me:cry:
     
  2. Medea1978

    Medea1978 Well-Known Member

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    I'm rh neg too.. I'm kind if shocked that they didn't give you the rhogam shot. Is the father of the baby negative blood type? He must be?
     
  3. xjesx

    xjesx Well-Known Member

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    definitely a great question for your health provider.

    I have no idea.
     
  4. sandyhen85

    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    We don't know what OHs blood is yet, but going by his parents who are both positive I would hazard a guess he is positive too...it's days like today when I find out things like this that I really regret living in Thailand, I mean why was I not given this info before
     
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    xjesx Well-Known Member

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    in canada they didnt test for OH's blood.

    I am Rh-positive though so I really dont have this issue.

    I would hope they would give you the necessary medical care!
     
  6. yeahuloveme

    yeahuloveme 6 angel babies :'(

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    I am RH positive, so no idea hun :shrug:, good luck though :hugs:
     
  7. RedButterfly

    RedButterfly 3 DD's ♡1 DS

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    I'm Rh negative, I've had the anti d injection in both my pregnancies. You should still get the injection with this pregnancy. The only reason why you wouldn't, would be if your partner is Rh negative too.
     
  8. sandyhen85

    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    Doc said today that I will get the injections, I'm just concerned that I was never given it after my ectopic which means I may have developed antibodies already...if I have then apparently the injections won't do anything??
     
  9. ltrip84

    ltrip84 Mom and pregnant

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    I see what you were saying. I just found out that I am Rh- and have done a lot of research on it. It also sounds to me like you should have received the shots when you miscarried. I have read that any time you have bleeding while pregnant you should get the shot because your body can start to produce antibodies and future pregnancies can be at risk. I would talk to your doctor about it.

    I have never had a miscarriage so I don't know if "normal" protocol would be do to blood testing anytime someone would have a miscarriage. This article says the risks are small if you haven't had the shot after a miscarriage. https://miscarriage.about.com/od/immediatemedicalconcerns/f/rhnegative.htm
     
  10. sandyhen85

    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks ladies! Since living in Thailand I have found many things that they do differently...things like this, or the list of foods to avoid in pregnancy...It's like I need to know everything there is to know about pregnancy within the UK standards, so I can ensure I get the same treatment here...my doctor is great in some ways and she immediately said we'll test your blood levels in two weeks, but you'll need injections at 28 weeks, 34 weeks and after the baby is born...it's only when I got home and saw people saying you should have them after miscarriage and ectopics as well that I got scared...when I first found out I was pregnant I had to wait to find out if it was ectopic or not, when I got by that hurdle at 5.5weeks I had another hurdle of getting through the 8/9week mark because that's when I mc last year, I got through that last week and now just need to get through the placenta taking over fully and I should be able to relax more.....but then this comes to light about my blood and im thrown all over the place again...I am praying to god that I do not have antibodies in my blood already, I want this baby so much. Ltrip84 thank you for that link made me feel slightly better about the mc, hope the same goes for ectopic though x
     
  11. Rtamom

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    Im rh neg too and i got the shot at 28weeks and then after delivering ds. This time however i had some spotting at 5 weeks and iv been told that the shot is not required for bleeds or miscarriages till ur 12 weeks. I live in the UK. Hope it helps n puts ur mind to ease
     
  12. Rtamom

    Rtamom Well-Known Member

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    M not sure about the eptopic though, never been through it thank god
     
  13. ItsAWonder

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    I used to work in Reproductive health and I am sorry to say that you have to have the shot within 48-72 hours at most after you miscarriage/birth/termination - anytime a pregnancy ends, for each and every pregnancy. What happens is your body, if the pregnancy had a positive blood type vs. your negative, will build up antibodies to the "invader". Your body sees the other blood type as something it needs to fight off and the shot prevents those antibodies from forming so you can carry a pregnancy successfully in the future.

    If your previous miscarriages happened before the fetus shared a blood supply (before 5 weeks or thereabout) you may be okay. Either way you should talk to a fertility specialist about how to handle a pregnancy in the future. The baby may need shots and/or it can cause more miscarriages.

    This is the most straight forward answer I can give you but my knowledge is limited. I have suffered two miscarriages myself and feel terrible stating this is such a straight forward way. Please find a doctor who you trust who can answer your questions.
     
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    Our office gave the shot after any pregnancy loss - even at 4 weeks - to be safe. By 12 weeks the fetus does have it's own blood supply and our doctors always said it was necessary by then. I am in the U.S. so we kind of over do everything. It may just be extra precaution.
     
  15. sandyhen85

    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks ladies. OH will get tested and then we'll find out if I already have antibodies or not in two weeks. if I do it's likely I will return to the UK without OH to ensure I get the treatment I need...I don't want to do this without him, but he is not a British citizen and we can't both be out of work in order for him to come with me on a six month tourist visa. I would also have to give up my job here in Thailand so no idea how I would be able to return after the baby is born either, its all so messed up and could break up our family, i feel so sad right now, but just have to pray everything will be ok
     
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    I'm rh- and i also had a mc, I was worried I would need the anti d injection and eventually spoke to a nurse from the maternity unit and they said I only need it if my pregnancy was more advanced than 12 weeks. I'm now 26 weeks pregnant again and my blood tests haven't shown any issues yet
     
  17. mamaduke

    mamaduke Proud Mama

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    Just because both parents are positive doesn't necessarily mean he's positive - especially if his parents happen to have negative recessive types. (Blood types have a dominant and a recessive Rh factor and they may not necessarily both be positive. I'm a daughter of two Rh+ parents, and I'm Rh-. My DH is Rh+, and our LO is Rh-, so now we know that DH's recessive Rh is Rh-.)

    I didn't get Rhophylac (an alternative to Rhogam) with either miscarriage, but I wonder if that's because I was so little along (7 weeks the first time, and probably 5-7 weeks the second time) that the chance of the mixture just wasn't there. I did get Rhophylac around 28w with my LO, but I didn't need another shot as he turned out to be Rh- like me!

    Definitely check with your medical provider/advisor to see what their practices are and what tests they could do to see if you've been sensitized.
     
  18. sandyhen85

    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for this, gives me a little hope
     
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    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing your story, I'm starting to think it depends on the country, area and doctor as to whether they give the shot for miscarriages or not.
     
  20. sandyhen85

    sandyhen85 Well-Known Member

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    Hi ladies, so I just wanted to let you know that OH got his blood tested today and unfortunately he is O+ so now to wait until the 14th when I get my screening done...fingers crossed all will be ok :)
     

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