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#31 of 39 Old 12-01-2005, 09:56 PM
 
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(both dh & I are O+ so our kids will always be too).
Slightly : The fact that you and your husband are both O+ means that your children will always be type O, but not necessarily Rh +; you could certainly have children who were O-, because unlike A/B/O types which display codominance, Rh factor is one of those typical, Mendellian traits and Rh - is recessive. You and your husband could both be carriers of the gene for Rh - and you'd never know it-- until you had a baby who was Rh -.

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Slightly : The fact that you and your husband are both O+ means that your children will always be type O, but not necessarily Rh +; you could certainly have children who were O-, because unlike A/B/O types which display codominance, Rh factor is one of those typical, Mendellian traits and Rh - is recessive. You and your husband could both be carriers of the gene for Rh - and you'd never know it-- until you had a baby who was Rh -.
Huh - okay! That's good to find out then. Thanks!

ETA: So the whole RH thing has always eluded me. Is this something I'd need to be concerned with then?

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I thought the only time you need to worry was if you were RH-. I'm RH+ so it doesn't matter what my hubby is, right? The baby can be - or + and it's all okay...?

Wow I'm entirely confused now and I thought I had that one sewn up in the don't fret file!

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Nope Renee - you are fine! You are + so you are all set, no worries.

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Nope Renee - you are fine! You are + so you are all set, no worries.
Oh hooray! Thank you

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Huh - okay! That's good to find out then. Thanks!

ETA: So the whole RH thing has always eluded me. Is this something I'd need to be concerned with then?
As nighten said, you're fine. Here's how it works:

Rh is a kind of protien which sits on the outside of some blood cells. When we say that a person is "Rh +," we're saying that they actually have this protien; when a person is "Rh -," this particular protien does not appear at all in their blood. If a mother is lacking this protien but their unborn child has it and their blood mixes, the mother's immune system will recognize the protien as a foreign agent and make antigens to destroy it. If the mother is Rh +, she has the protien and her body won't recognize it as a foreign entity, and thus won't create antibodies to attack it.

There are actually several different kinds of blood type incompatibility, but most of them are very, very rare.

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Rynna you are a wealth of Rh knowledge!

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Rynna you are a wealth of Rh knowledge!
Nah, just a geek. Once upon a time, Rynna was a biochemistry major...

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Thank you, Rynna!

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