Rh- mamas: Would you get a shot of rhogam if you had spotting at 8 weeks of pregnancy?
Rhogam for Spotting?
I had spotting at 11 weeks and my midwives administered the shot though they told me they usually do not until 12 weeks.
The Rh factor is supposed to develop in the baby around 8 weeks though, so I hear some practices do it from that week on.
This was with my third pregnancy, and it was pretty heavy/red and they did seem to think it was coming from the placenta as I had a low lying placenta (which actually is fairly normal btw in the first trimester).
I would definitely call, it doesn't hurt to ask. It's also a mini shot if I'm remembering correctly.
Sorry, ladies, I'm actually due in October, but I was wondering about this too. I am Rh negative, and 21 weeks pregnant with our second. I had spotting early in this pregnancy, about once a week between 4 and 8 weeks (the last being a bit of bright red in the toilet, which went away after that bathroom visit). I went in for an ultrasound the day after the last spotting, and everything looked fine. I saw the doctor a few days later, and he never mentioned Rhogam. I honestly didn't even think about the shot until my mom reminded me that I should be getting my mid-pregnancy shot soon.
With my first pregnancy (under a different doc), I also had spotting around 8 weeks. They brought me in for bloodwork, and gave me Rhogam "just in case." I called my current doctor to ask why I didn't receive it in my first trimester (hoping for reassurance), and the nurse could only say that it varied by provider, and I could ask my doc at my next visit. Well, 2 1/2 weeks of waiting isn't working for me! I'm planning on trying to get ahold of a doctor directly today, but does anyone else have experiences with being told they did not need Rhogam after spotting in the first trimester?
phatchristy, your post was very reassuring - is this typical of the practices in your area? It seems that here, most docs give the shot for ANY bleeding, which worries me a litte. I've tried to do some research on my own, and as you also said, there does seem to be more of a concern with bleeding after 8 weeks, and/or if it is identified as coming from the baby/placenta. I'm hoping this was my doctor's reasoning, and he just didn't overlook my being Rh negative . . .