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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Mother Baby Blood Type Mismatch (Definition)

Mother Baby Blood Type Mismatch, also known as ABO incompatibility, occurs when a pregnant mother has a different blood type than the developing baby. Exposure to the baby’s blood type, either from that pregnancy or a previous sibling, causes the mothers body to develop antibodies to the blood type. The condition is dangerous as antibodies can cross the placenta and cause anemia (blood cell destruction), jaundice, or fetal ...Read more


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Could RH neg mother carry RH pos father's baby to term? With shot given and 2 miscarriages? What's the possibility?

Could RH neg mother carry RH pos father's baby to term? With shot given and 2 miscarriages? What's the possibility?

Yes!: Yes...especially when "shots" were given to avoid developing antibodies after birth/pregnancy This should never be a problem with today's medical knowledge! ...Read more

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Rh negative and the baby's father is Rh positive. Do I need rhogham?

Rh negative and the baby's father is Rh positive. Do I need rhogham?

Usually: It is commonplace for a pregnant mom in that situation to receive rhogam around 28 wks of gestation and again after birth if the kid is rh+. If the kid turns out to be rh- the 2nd dose is omitted. ...Read more

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The clients blood typing reveals Rh antigens what blood type would the client have Rh receptive, Rh negative , Rh resistant, Rh positive

The clients blood typing reveals Rh antigens what blood type would the client have Rh receptive, Rh negative , Rh resistant, Rh positive

Rh : Rh antigens are present in every blood. You would need to be more specific. Also, they blood type (a, b, ab, 0) is not connected/related to the rh + or rh - types; they are inherited independently. ...Read more

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If you have a Rh negative father and Rh positive mother, is the unborn child at risk? Can it complicate the pregnancy?

If you have a Rh negative father and Rh positive mother, is the unborn child at risk? Can it complicate the pregnancy?

No: Rh incompatibility only occurs when mother is rh negative and baby is rh positive, which can only occur if father is rh positive. Even so it is not very common. Thus rh -ve mothers are always safe with regards to rh incompatibility. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine transfusion reactions, ABO compatibility, Rh incompatibility?

How do doctors determine transfusion reactions, ABO compatibility, Rh incompatibility?

Huge subject: Whole textbooks deal with this subject. It's so large I wouldn't even be able to refer you to a reliable website. You may want to start with the AABB American Association of Blood Banks. Blood for transfusion should only be given when it is truly, really required -- and when it does, it's a huge life-saver. ...Read more

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Rhogam or micrhogam (rho immune globulin) injection during pregnancy, what is this?

Antibodies: If some of baby's blood enters the mother's blood stream and the infant is Rh + from the father and the mother is Rh -, then mother will make antibodies against babies blood that cross the placenta and destroy infant's blood causing anemia before birth and jaundice after birth. RhoGam is an antibody the destroys baby's blood in mom's circulation before she can recognize it. It works! ...Read more

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A case of immune hemolytic anemia - chances of becoming pregnant? care during pregnancy

A case of immune hemolytic anemia - chances of becoming pregnant? care during pregnancy

Should be able to: Having a hemolytic anemia should not affect the ability to get pregnant. However, your hematologist will need to monitor your blood closely. May need extra folic acid. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is Rh positive and Rh negative?

Blood group antigen: Rhesus (rh) blood group is one of the more than 20 different blood group systems. One of the markers in rh system is "d" that is used in the terminology you inquired about. If rh d is present the person is rh positive and vice versa. See this site for more info (more than one needs) http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/books/nbk2269/. ...Read more

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Had 2 miscarriages recently. I'm RH neg and babys father is RH pos. RH shot given both times. Any chance of carrying his child to full term?

Had 2 miscarriages recently. I'm RH neg and babys father is RH pos. RH shot given both times. Any chance of carrying his child to full term?

MTHFR: Many causes are unknown. One that can be tested for is the MTHFR gene defect. Ask your obgyn or geneticist. It stands for methyltetrahydrofolate reductase. This gene controls the metabolism of folic acid and can lead to miscarriages if there is a problem with this enzyme. ...Read more

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Need information on complications of molar pregnancy, gestational trophoblastic disease?

Need information on complications of molar pregnancy, gestational trophoblastic disease?

Here's a link: Here is a link to information. http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/molarpregnancy.html. ...Read more

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How successful is rhogam for ABO incompatibility?

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 more

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What are fetal risks of the MMR and chicken pox vaccines during pregnancy?

What are fetal risks of the MMR and chicken pox vaccines during pregnancy?

Few documented: There have been many episodes where a woman received these vaccines & later found out they were pregnancy. At last review, no adverse outcomes were documented.Physicians generally prefer to avoid any live vaccine during pregnancy out of caution. Non living vaccines like DtaP are actually part of today's standard of care.. ...Read more

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What is treatment for baby with Rh positive and Rh negative mom?

What is treatment for baby with Rh positive and Rh negative mom?

Pre/post delivery???: In a o- mom, prenatal care will include tests to monitor babies status.A firstborn is unlikely to have major pbms & a shot in pregnancy can buffer any o-/+ issues.Babies who tests show changes that suggest a rh reaction in pregnancy are rarely seen any more due to these precautions. Early delivery ahd transfusions might be required in such a case to monitor anemia and jaundice. ...Read more

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My rubella igm>400, IgG negative (0.13) is vaccination ok under these circumstances?. Im planning for pregnancy.

My rubella igm>400, IgG negative (0.13) is vaccination ok under these circumstances?. Im planning for pregnancy.

Rubella: The presence of igm class antibodies indicates congenital or recent infection. If you have any signs of infection get in to see the doctor immediately. I would wait 6 weeks and repeat titers to make sure the igm is trending down and the igg is trending up (proving immunity). ...Read more

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When do antibodies from a mother not receiving a rhogam injection in an Rh negative baby cause serious problems for a subsequent pregnancy?

When do antibodies from a mother not receiving a rhogam injection in an Rh negative baby cause serious problems for a subsequent pregnancy?

Rhogam refused: Failing to administer, or failing to accept Rhogam when needed is asking for very serious trouble. If an rh negative woman delivers and rh positive baby and does not get immunized, any future pregnancy with an rh positive baby is likely to be affected -- severe jaundice & brain damage at birth, or baby bloating and dying in the womb. Used to be very common and should never occur. ...Read more

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If a fetus has an Rh negative mother and an Rh positive father, will a miscarriage occur?

If a fetus has an Rh negative mother and an Rh positive father, will a miscarriage occur?

Not if first preg.: Rh sensitization usually occurs after delivery of a child who is Rh +, and mom is -. Fetal blood may mix with maternal blood. If not given Rhogam (antibodies against Rh + blood) her immune system will be sensitized to Rh+. Fathers who are Rh+ may be carriers of Rh - , with 50% chance of an Rh - infant with no risk. Even if sensitized, fetal therapy can allow survival of an Rh + baby. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Pregnancy Complications (Definition)

There are a host of potential complications in a pregnancy that range from bleeding to early labor and from medical issues like diabetes and high blood pressure to findings on ultrasound or blood tests that ...Read more