Originally Posted by Viriditas
The only thing I'm kinda worrying about at this point is rhogam. I just found out dh is Rh+ (I'm neg) and I'm debating on whether I will want the shot after birth or not and if so how to get it. What a pain! I'm really hoping the baby turns out to be neg as well so I won't have to worry about it.
RhoGam is such a hot topic in my mind. You mention it and it's like lightening goes off in my brain! :LOL Kind of like if you were at the mall and someone mentioned lovingly Unassisted Birth... your head would spin around and you'd HAVE to talk to them.
I'm Rh- and my DH is Rh+. All of our kids so far are Rh+. I made a very informed decision to not take RhoGam at 20 weeks nor to take it after birth. Before RhoGam Rh sensitivity wasn't a problem until birth got medicalized. If left to nature, blood of the baby and mother do not mix, except in very rare cases that are pretty obvious. Being Rh- with a Rh+ partner, there are certain steps we make sure are followed during birth. After the baby is born, we do not clamp the cord at any point. There is no pulling on the cord. We wait patiently for the placenta to detach. We do not rush this process, even if it takes a very long time. Of course one the placenta is delivered, clamp that cord all you want to, but just not before the placenta is delivered. The research behind this indicates that clamping the cord unnaturally forces the infant's blood up to the placenta thus increasing chances of maternal/infant blood mixing. Pulling on the cord again, forcefully sends blood back to the placenta. Forcing the placenta to come out sooner than intended also increases the risk of mixing bloods.
RhoGam used to only be recommended after birth. But, women continued to get sensitized. So, then they instiutited the RhoGam at 20 weeks rule. And, yet women are still getting sensitised in a hospital setting despite 2 doses of RhoGam. Could this be because hospital routines clamp the cord, pull on the cord and rush placenta delivery? Um... I say yes!
Oh, and I should note, I'm not sensitized to Rh+ blood... even though I've never had RhoGam... and I'm not some miracle woman. There are many others like me!
Ok, off my soap box. Of course... study the information and do what your heart tells you to do.
Wow, so our Nov/Dec/Jan group is big! How cool. I know a lot are exploring UC options. And, that's wonderful. In my own mind, I try to figure out how to get all that I want... what does my perfect UC look like? What does my reality UC look like? What steps am I taking/going to take to protect my UC? Etc.
Oh, and I don't pay much attention to fundus. I mean, it's fun and all, but I always just measure huge. So, I don't give it much credit. (In fact, with BOTH of my pregancies my MW was certain I was having twins, I was so large) This time, I'm ignoring fundus for anything other than novelty fun.
So nice getting to know you all!