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I'm AB negative as well. It's actually the most rare blood type.
The rear end shot is the Rhogam shot, and it's not that bad.
Oh wow.. Thanks for letter me know about the whole insurance part!! I'll have to ask my doctor. I'm going on the 29th the get all of my paperwork for the shot & the glucose test....
I'm really thankful that they have all these new things to help keep baby safe. Even though I'm scared of what's going to come up next....
It is because you're RH - (the AB doesn't matter). This means your blood doesn't have the RH protein on it (that would be an RH+ blood type). If your baby has RH+ blood you could get a little of his/her blood in your system. If that happens you produce antibodies for RH+ protein and that can impact later pregnancies.
You'll get one around 28 weeks and one at birth if your baby is RH+. (if the baby is RH- then you don't get the shot).
There are no side effects to the shot other than a little soreness at the injection point. You can goggle the history of this issue and the development of rhogram and the other drugs that have really improved the birth outcomes for RH- moms. It is really fascinating stuff. I'm hugely grateful for the shot. Most RH- mom's had a lot of problems having second kids before it was developed.
My cousin just got hers (she has two babies, both were born positive I think) and she is negative. She said the shot doesn't really hurt she said the worst part is the little bit of stinging sensation as they push the medication in. But she said its less painful than getting bloodwork, and much faster. She got hers in her arm though.
I'm O Negative so I'll be getting my first shot next week.