T.T. asks from Colorado Springs, CO on March 21, 2008
Mom's with Negative Blood and Dad's with Positive blood-Rhogam
I am at 28 weeks with our first child and I am facing the decision of whether to take Rhogam now even though mixing of baby and my blood probably hasn't occurred (no tramatic injury to mom or baby since pregancy began). But I fear about what if and I know if the baby has negative blood once born I won't have to receive the Rhogam injection. The reasons for my hesitations are that they don't know how Rhogam can affect the baby. Any other information to help in making this decision would be appreciated!
L.B. answers from Great Falls on March 24, 2008
I have had 5 kids, and had to have the rhogham with all the pregnancies. Safe and worth it. There is a lot of negative that can happen without it. Good luck!
M.S. answers from Denver on March 24, 2008
I have O negative blood so needed to recieve the Rhogam shot with all three of my pregnancies. I have 3 healthy beautiful daughters all of which ended up having Positive blood type. We have seen no side effects from the shots.
K.M. answers from Missoula on March 24, 2008
At 19 I had a miscarriage. At 24 I gave birth to twins. I have RH- blood and had to have the shot in the middle and at the end. I then had my 3rd daughter and had the same thing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my children mentally, physically, nothing. They are healthy girls. That was something I knew was needed and I didn't worry about whether or not to have it. I hope this helps. K.
M.B. answers from Salt Lake City on March 22, 2008
I haven't done much research on Rhogam, but I had the exact same problem with my first child. I'm O- and my husband is O+. I had 2 Rhogam shots and my daughter is a smart, healthy, vibrant little girl. From what I understand, complications from mismatched blood occurs most often in the second child, not the first. I always understood that the rhogam was more to prevent problems with the second child, then then first. Talk to your doctor.
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T.J. answers from Pocatello on March 23, 2008
My mom is B-, my dad is A+. All four of us kids are positve, and my mom got the rhogam shot with all four of us and we all turned out perfectly healthy. I wouldn't worry about getting the shot. It's been around for...well, at least 34 years.
W.N. answers from Denver on March 22, 2008
As a doula, let me just suggest that whatever decision you make, be at peace with it. Few things can slow labor like being worried or nervous. Make sure you have a good support system. Remember, you are a good mother already and you can make better choices for your baby than anyone else!
V.S. answers from Missoula on March 22, 2008
In the old days (the 60's, for instance), babies died due to Rh incompatability. That is when mom becomes sensitized to baby's blood and makes antibodies to it. The first baby did OK, the second baby worse and, by the third or fourth baby, there were major problems. Rhogam is immunoglobulin against the Rh factor. It blocks the mom's body from being sensitized. Initially it was given after delivery but now it is given during pregnancy because you don't always know when there can be some leakage. Rhogam has been being used for several decades without problems for fetuses. Initially, it contained thiomerosol which made some people nervous. It no longer does.
J.S. answers from Salt Lake City on March 22, 2008
I have negative blood & my husband has positive blood and we have 3 healthy children. I did the rhogam with every pregnancy - at 28 weeks, whenever I had bleeding and after the birth for the one that was positive. There were no side effects and the shot itself was not a big deal. The very very small risk of problems with rhogam is completely overshadowed by the very real risk of harm to this and future babies. I would receommend the shot without reservation!!!
J.B. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
I have negative blood also and with both of my pregnancies and now with my third(curently pregnant due in July) I have and will get the rhogam shot. They are no picnic do not get me wrong, but if you are planning on having more than one child I strongly suggest it. If you do not get it you could possibly have a miscarriage next time around!!! To me that is very scary, and not even worth the risk!!! If I were you I would get it. Best of luck with your new little one!!!
M.P. answers from Provo on March 23, 2008
My blood type is AB- and my husband's is A+. I have had 4 babies and and they all got their father's positive blood type. I have gotten the rhogam shot at 28 weeks and after the birth with each of them. I never had any complications. If fact, as much as I HATE needles, I was glad I got the shots to protect myself and my babies. I hate to think what may have happened if I had not recieved the shots. I think it's a wise thing to do.
S.M. answers from Fort Collins on March 22, 2008
I got the Rhogam shot with my first baby. The thing is that you can't know if you have the same blood type until they are born and it's more preventative than anything. If the baby is positive and you are exposed to their blood in delivery it can hurt your ability to have any more baby's with the same blood type. My dughter is just fine and we are different types (i'm negative and she's positive)i'm glad that i got the shot.