A.H. asks from Grand Rapids, MI on April 30, 2009
Seeking Input on the RhoGAM Injection
I am wondering if any of you ladies out there have had any experince with the RhoGAM shot...good or bad to share. My sister is type o-, and her dr. says she should have the shot this week. Does anyone know if you need it only if mom is having neg. blood type, and the dad is pos., or do you still need it if both mom and dad are neg? Also there seems to be a lot of mercury in the shot, has anyone had the shot, and subsequently had a child with nurological problems? Any imput on the matter would be most helpful (pro or con, and why). Thanks in advance.
So What Happened?™
Thank you ladies so much for the overwhelming wisdom and responses! Just wanted to let you know, my sister talked to her dr. and was able to get the mercury free shot, so she has had it, and will get the next one after delivery. Thank you for all your help, we both really appreciate it, and I can't wait to meet my healthy new niece/nephew upon delivery! Thank you all so much again!
E.Q. answers from Grand Rapids on May 01, 2009
My best friend has the issues with her pregnancy. She has two children, her first one she did have the shot, Shes beautiful healthy and a little crazy:) The second pregnancy she decided against and lost the baby.... her third pregnancy she had the shot and has a healthy handsome son..... Also my aunt lost 3 pregnanys at 7 and 8 mos before they started giving the shot she finally had a sucessful delivery the 4th time around with the shot... DEFINATLY GET THE SHOT!
E.F. answers from Detroit on May 01, 2009
Hi A. -
I've had the RhoGAM shots with both of my children and have no problems - for me, or for either of my kids. I have seen the effects of NOT having the RhoGAM shot though (a second cousin whose mother did not have RhoGAM shots when she should have - the cousin has some odd characteristics and a unique condition that seems kind of like mild retardation) and would not recommend taking that risk. My advice would be to follow the doctor's recommendation - good luck!
M.W. answers from Kalamazoo on May 01, 2009
my sister is RH - she had to have it....she made the mistake of not getting it with her 1st preg and she wound up loosing one of her twins due to her body absorbing it....so after that with every preg she had it and has 7 healthy kids. so i would recommend her getting the shot.
K.S. answers from Detroit on April 30, 2009
All the ladies are correct, I was B- and my husband was A+ so I needed the shot. I also had to get the shot after my C-section - my daughter is 3 and 100% healthy with no issues. It is really just to prevent any problems if the mothers blood and babies blood combine during the pregnancy or during delivery. No need for concern, and it does not have side effects.
S.H. answers from Detroit on May 01, 2009
My mother is neg and dad is pos. With first child, there is no problem. With me (second child) I was born with jaundice - just had to be under the billi lights (pictures show I look like an oompa looompa). With the other 3 - they delivered them two weeks early and gave them a pint of my dad's blood and there were no complications.
I am 100% wholeheartedly against vaccinations/man made meds in any form, so my suggestion would be to let nature be nature and as long as the hospital knows what they are dealing with and are prepared with lights, there should be no problem. Billirubin lights have been around for years (I am 42) and it (in my humble opinion) is WAY safer than anything mercury...
S.M. answers from Saginaw on May 01, 2009
Hello A., The shot is for when the mom is neg, and the dad pos. She should have it. A distant relative carried her baby full term last year, gave birth to a healthy little girl, who only lived for 4 hours due to not getting the shot. I'm not sure of all the details, but it made me realize how important the shot it. Good luck.
K.W. answers from Detroit on May 01, 2009
I have had the shot 3 times and have never had any problems with side effects or problems with my kids. I know it's extremely important to get if your doctor says you need it should you ever get pregnant again. If the mother is a negative bloodtype (I'm A-) and the baby happens to be a positve blood type then the baby could die. I think it has something to do with the blood attacking the other cells or maybe it's the anti-bodies. But she should ask her OB for details so she can be clear and that way she will be comortable with what she is doing. I do think the timing is important so don't delay.
A.H. answers from Detroit on May 02, 2009
I am RH negative and needed the Rhogam shots several times during my two pregnancies (if you have bleeding during your pregnancy you need to get the shot, even if you've already had it). You typically get the shot at 27 weeks, and then possibly after the baby is born, depending on the baby's blood type. You need to get the shot or the mother's system attacks the baby's blood supply. Neither of my children have neurological problems. This shot is important to protect the baby.
L.O. answers from Detroit on April 30, 2009
If mom is - she will need the shot at about 28 weeks pregnant.. Even if the husband was - also they would still give the shot...
Every mom who is - gets the shot.. so if the shot causes any problems there would be thousand and thousands of kids with problems.
After the baby is born they will test the baby and mom will get another rhogam shot if the baby has + blood.
That shot must be given within about 48 hours of birth... if your sister bleed for any reason during pregnancy (threatened miscarriage etc) she might need additional shots.
If she does not recieve a rhogam shot and the baby really is positive there is a good chance that any future pregnancies would end in fetal death.
They have been giving rhogam shots for 40 years..
A.M. answers from Lansing on May 01, 2009
Back when I was having my kids (up to 32 years ago) they were giving the shot only if the baby was born possitive. I am 0- and my husband is 0+. My first child was born 0- so I wasn't given the shot. My second child was 0+ so I was given the shot. It realy didn't seem like any big deal. They told me it was to protect the next pregnancy from the 0+ antibodies. By the time I was having my third child, they were giving it before the baby was born So I got it when I was about 7 or 8 months pregnant. He turned out to be o- anyway and we didn't have any more after that.
Hope this helps. Best of luck to your sister.
A.P. answers from Detroit on April 30, 2009
I too, am O -, and had to get the shot during both of my pregnancies, and another immediately after giving birth. I also had to have a DNC due to miscarriage. There are were no side effects to me or the babies whatsoever (except, as the other poster said...my butt was a bit sore for a day or so afterward). Rhogam protects both the mother and the baby (and any future pregancies...ergo, the shot they give right after delivering). I believe, however, that if the mother and father both have negative blood, the mother can forgo the shot, since the baby will definitely have negative blood as well. She should just verify this with her doctor but, if I remember correctly, I'm 99% certain that what my doc told me.