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RhoGAM Shots / Negative Blood Type

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I had my blood work done last week and my MW went over it at our appt on Tuesday. Turns out I have O negative blood, and if DH has positive then I'm supposed to get the RhoGAM shot at 28wks and post-partum. I know nothing about this and am really hoping that DH has negative. If he does, then I don't need the shot, right? I know that the doctors like to say any pregnant woman with negative blood type should get the shot, but unless it's definitely necessary I'd like to avoid it. 

 

Has anyone else had any experience with this? Any good resources?

post #2 of 13

Yeah, I'm negative and each pregnancy so far I've had to prove (again) that DH has negative blood too, and swear up and down that really, yes, he is the daddy, and NO, I really DON'T need RhoGAM eyesroll.gif  My mother in law had to do the same thing.  Apparently my mom is positive, because she doesn't remember ever having it be an issue.

 

It gets a little annoying.  I guess it's less annoying than needing the shot, though.  There are people who don't take it, and if you want to hear from them (and don't in this group) you can probably post in I'm Pregnant or maybe one of the vaccine forums.  I think if I did have a positive partner I would take the shot, but I respect each family's right to decide.

post #3 of 13

  I am O negaive my husband is positive, i had an induced miscarrage in August, noone asked about my husband blood type, or offered a Rogham, i developed antibodes, and my second pregancy was doomed from the beginning,  I misscarried again, changed doctors, got a shot within four days of the 2nd misscariage. Now 12 weeks pregnant. If your spouse is positive you HAVE TO get a shot. There are no side effects. I will be getting one at 26 weeks, and also post pregnancy. I see no reason of why put yourself or your baby at risk.

post #4 of 13

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Edited by nhklh - 11/16/13 at 2:35am
post #5 of 13

I'm O- and my dh is positive.  I had the shot about a month ago when I had a threatened miscarriage.  I didn't experience any side effects or feel any different at all when they gave me the shot.  I've never heard of people refusing it and would be curious to know why.  Rhogam shots do not contain mercury anymore and haven't for quite awhile.  For me, I am happy to get the shot because the alternative is not something I want to go through, like tetiana said.  If I were you, I would find out right away my dh's blood type because even though you get it routinely at 28 weeks, something might happen and you could need it earlier than that, like what happened with me.

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much for your replies--I didn't even think about something happening and needing the shot sooner. I'll talk him into getting tested ASAP (he hates needles/blood). 

 

If he's negative, I'd like to avoid getting the shot just because if I don't need it, I don't need it. I'm not a big fan of shots unless it's something that's crucial (which, if he is positive, I don't have any qualms about getting it). I still don't know exactly where we fall on vaccines, but so far I'm thinking we'll be selective and spaced out (of course, I have no idea what the UK is like as far as that goes).

 

Tetiana, so sorry to hear about your experience but glad that you're at 12 weeks and have everything in line for this pregnancy!

 

kaliki_kila, thanks for letting me know about the shots not containing mercury. When I first started looking into it, they mentioned that they did contain it and that was one of my concerns.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by chicajones View Post

 

kaliki_kila, thanks for letting me know about the shots not containing mercury. When I first started looking into it, they mentioned that they did contain it and that was one of my concerns.

Nope, no mercury!  This is from the FDA website.

 

"On April 16, 2001, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics was approved by FDA to produce RhoGAM without thimerosal, and at that time, Ortho agreed to distribute only thimerosal-free product to the US market. The product has a 2-year dating period, so there is no longer any RhoGAM that contains thimerosal that is still in-date."

post #8 of 13

Another RH- mom here...it was a surprise to me during my first pregnancy because my parents actually had told me my blood type was a completely different blood type altogether.  My parents told me it was O+ and that was even on my license--they claim they got that info from our pediatrician.  

 

However, I am A negative, with both my parents being A+ and O+ I just happened to be that 25% negative recessive kiddo LOL.  

 

I'm a homebirthing momma, and becoming sensitized makes you high risk in a way I would never want to be and would most definitely risk me out of that kind of birth...among other things.  I know someone who was sensitized, and after it happened and her pregnancy went from routine to high risk and she had thought she would wind up having a couple more kids even and she wound up making that baby her last.  

post #9 of 13

I am Rh - as well as DH so I didn't get the shot last time around and won't again this time.  That being said, if I were to ever have a child with not DH I would definitely get the shot.  For me, the risks of declining with a Rh positive partner far outweighs the benefits of declining.
 

post #10 of 13

I'm RH negative and DH is RH positive. Knowing your blood type is important not just for pregnancy in my opinion. I would for sure have him find out. I am one of the unlucky ones that developed anti bodies during a pregnancy... I will always make sure the OB knows our blood types from the start. 

post #11 of 13

I am RH negative, and my daughter came out with positive blood type. I had to get the RhoGAM shot when I was 27 weeks pregnant. When my daughter came, she was sent to the NICU shortly after because she was have some breathing problems, and had low glucose levels. The very next day, they were going to do a procedure, and couldn't do it because her platelet count dropped to 9,000. The doctor said that it was very possible that it was because I have negative blood and she has positive and that my antibodies were still fighting through her blood stream, and that her blood didn't have time to build up her antibodies fast enough. So now when I have my next child, I have to get the shot and take medication that will help with this situation so I don't have to go through it again. 

 

So yes, the shot is very necessary.

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by nhklh View Post

This book is supposed to be good:

 

Anti-D: Panacea or Paradox by Sara Wickham.

 

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yes, read this book. 

There are risks. You deserve to know them.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by chewynotcrunchy View Post

I am Rh - as well as DH so I didn't get the shot last time around and won't again this time.  That being said, if I were to ever have a child with not DH I would definitely get the shot.  For me, the risks of declining with a Rh positive partner far outweighs the benefits of declining.
 

 

All this being said it is *so* important that you know the father's blood type.  I met a preggo woman a few years ago who had four unnecessary rhogam shots.  Her husband was negative, she'd never had one after the birth (as the babies were obviously negative too), however had the 28 week shots done all four times and they were completely unnecessary!  Her OB office never asked about her blood type, just told her she 'needed it'.  Yikes, huh?

 

For me, I chose the shot.  DH is heterozygous positive, so half our kids are negative and half are positive.  For me, wanting a large family and desiring low intervention for my births was a very important factor for me.  I have a friend who chose not to have the shot and became sensitized (even with midwifery care) and she wound up having really a really stressful, high intervention pregnancy and had to cut her family size down as a result.

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