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How Successful Is Rhogam
Not used for it: The ABO and rhesis blood grouping systems are separate issues altogether. Rhogam is used to prevent an rh- mother from becoming sensitized to a rh+ baby & developing antibodies that would destroy some of the babies blood for that or future pregnancies. The Rhogam has no effect on potential ABO issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Any injection site can be sore temporarily. If it persists for more than 24 hours or develops a bruise, get checked. ...Read more
Rh factor protection: Rhogam is an injection given any time there is mixing of fetal blood and maternal blood. This can happen during pregnancy but most often occurs at delivery. If a mother is rh negative, and her baby is rh positive, it will trigger an immune response in the mother that could potentially attack the next rh positive baby. Rhogam prevents this immune response and keeps subsequent pregnancies safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: In most hospitals they will test the mom's and baby's blood to determine how much you need (if any). You only need Rhogam if you are rh negative and baby is rh positive. So if baby is negative, you don't need any. On the other hand, if there was a large amount of transfer of fetal cells to mom from baby, you may need more than one dose of rhogam. ...Read more
No: Rhogam is one of the few interventions that has been an unmixed blessing to humankind, apart from some soreness at the injection site. Countless unborn children's lives have been saved. Real-science is cutthroat -- research careers are based on real discoveries, and if the pop claims that it causes autism had any basis, we'd have found out by now. ...Read more
Rh- I am almost 29w and haven't gotten rhogam yet I am waiting on my insurance to approve it. Will my baby be ok if I have to get it a little later?
Yes: Rhogam is given to prevent problems in your subsequent pregnancies. Getting it (or not getting it) in this pregnancy will have no effect on this pregnancy. It should be given in every pregnancy around 28 weeks but if you are a few weeks late, the odds of there being a problem in a subsequent pregnancy are quite low. Best wishes! ...Read more
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