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I was told at my appointment today that the next time I go in, I'm going to get a shot since I'm Rh negative. I had no idea what they were talking about. The doctor said not to worry but of course I am. I looked it up in a pregnancy book as soon as I got to work and now I'm even more worried. It seems like there needs to be a lot of things that have to happen before it becomes a problem. I was just wondering if anyone had an experience with this? Thanks!
Re: Anyone Rh negative?
My mom was and everything turned out just fine with my brother and me. I don't have first hand experience with it myself - all I know of is the shot they give. I would try not to worry. Instead of reading up on it more - call the doctor's office to ask any additional questions and they should be able to ease your fears. I feel that you always seem to find the scariest information to read when looking on your own.
I am a carrier for cystic fibrosis and I freaked out when I started looking up information for what that could mean. Turned out DH isn't a carrier and everything is fine.
I am and I got the shot too during my pregnancy and after you have the baby they test his/her blood type and that depends if you get a shot right after delivery as well. My daughter had the same blood type as I did so I didn't need to get the second shot.
It's nothing to worry about
It's actually common and like pp said nothing to worry about. The shot really protects you for a future pregnancy. Just remember to tell all the medical professionals that you are Rh negative as a precaution, like if you have an amnio or when you go into labor.
I am negative as well and just like the girls said. Its something simple and to protect you for your next baby. I got the shots three times since at the?beginning?of both pregnancies I?bleed?a bit and since they didn't know if it was my old blood or a m/c the shot is given as a precaution . In this case it has to be given in less than 72 hrs from bleeding. ( after 3 days your body creates antibodies against the new blood type)
Then I got it around 28 weeks with both babies.
Make sure that you are on top of it once you give birth. I was almost mistaken as a positive blood type (error in my chart) and when I asked the next day for my shot the nurse looked at my like if I gad two heads and told me that I was positive. Well, she rushed a blood test and right away I got my shot. This happened with Diego and would've been a huge problem since he is positive. ?
Sofia is negative and since I had a scare with Diego I asked them to test her again. Better safe than sorry since my factory is just close for now....lol ( if my dh reads this he will totally disagree....lol)
I'm O- too, and had the shot at 28 weeks but not after delivery b/c DS is also negative. Like pp, they screwed up the chart at delivery and listed DS as positive, which made me ask for the shot and I was told we matched so there was no reason. After checking blood types again, they confirmed that we were both negative. Better safe than sorry, b/c like Tania's mom my grandmother had many problems after her 1st kid b/c they didn't catch the Rh difference.
The shot is good for 12 weeks which is why they give it as 28 and then again at delivery - just in case the baby is positive and any of their blood gets into your blood stream.