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If I develop Rh isoimmunization, how will it be treated?

If I develop Rh isoimmunization, how will it be treated?

Rh Incompatability: If maternal antibodies develop against rh-positive proteins, then these antibodies could affect a current or future fetus during pregnancy. This is called rh isoimmunization. Since rh incompatibility is almost completely preventable with the use of prophylactic immunization (immune globulin injection of rhogam), prevention remains the best treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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What are the tests for Rh isoimmunization?

What are the tests for Rh isoimmunization?

Blood type & screen: The basic test is a blood type and screen in which your blood type is determined and any antibodies to blood cell antigens your body may have produces are detected. If your blood type is rh positive, then you should not worry about rh isoimmunization. A type and screen is a normal part of prenatal care, so if you are pregnant, please see your obstetrician. ...Read more

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How long does pregnancy with Rh isoimmunization last?

How long does pregnancy with Rh isoimmunization last?

Depends: It is the fetus that is affected by rh isoimmunization. In a mild case pregnancy may last the normal period of 40 weeks. In very severe case the fetus may not be viable around 20 weeks of gestation or even sooner. ...Read more

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Just got home from doctor. She said I have Rh isoimmunization. Looked it up online and now more confused that ever. Can you explain what it means to have it?

Just got home from doctor. She said I have Rh isoimmunization. Looked it up online and now more confused that ever. Can you explain what it means to have it?

Pregnancy concerns: The rh factor is found on the red blood cells of 85% of people in america, they are rh positive. You would be rh negative, because you do not have the rh factor on your red blood cells and because of that you have developed an antibody against the rh factor. That antibody protects you but can cross the placenta when you are pregnant and can cause severe problems for your unborn baby. ...Read more

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Which of the two tests are better? Or are recommended ? Amniocentesis or cvs (chorionic villus sampling )? No past history of any health problems.

Which of the two tests are better? Or are recommended ? Amniocentesis or cvs (chorionic villus sampling )? No past history of any health problems.

It depends.: CVS is generally thought to have a slightly higher miscarriage rate than amniocentesis, but this may not be the case everywhere. For mor e information check this link: http://www.babycenter.com/0_chorionic-villus-sampling-cvs_328.bc?page=4#articlesection8 ...Read more

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Can someone explain a Rh factor or isoimmunization to me?

Can someone explain a Rh factor or isoimmunization to me?

Antibodies are key!: If you have a negative blood type and you are pregnant with a baby that has a positive blood type, your body makes antibodies. In subsequent pregnancies, if the baby has a positive blood type, the antibodies attack the baby and can cause miscarriage or still birth. A shot during pregnancy and at the end of any pregnancy (including miscarriage or abortion) can prevent the antibodies from forming. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get an amniocentesis?

Is it safe to get an amniocentesis?

Yes: There are 2 main reasons amniocentesis is done. Genetic amnio is done at 16-18 weeks, testing for down's or other chromosome problems. There is a 1 in 3-400 chance that you could lose a pregnancy because of it. The other reason is to test for the baby's lung ability to breathe well. This is generally done between 35-38+ weeks. The only risks are that you might deliver. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with amniocentesis?

What are the risks associated with amniocentesis?

Serious, infrequent: Amniocentesis involves inserting a long needle through the mom's abdominal wall, uterus, amniotic sac to obtain fluid. Risks include bleeding, infection, leaking of amniotic fluid, nicking placenta or cord or fetus, pregnancy loss. Those are minimized if expert performs ultrasound while experienced md inserts needle because there are risks, couple should weigh those against benefits of amnio info. ...Read more

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Is a cvs a higher risk procedure than amniocentesis?

Yes, if: Depending on when the amnio is done; if done at 16-18 weeks, the amnio risk is somewhat lower (around 1/200.). ...Read more

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Is there a recovery period after amniocentesis?

Is there a recovery period after amniocentesis?

Yes: Minimal. Women walk out of the office after an amnio. From the mother's point of view the recovery is no different from having gotten an immunization - a little soreness at the needle site. Women should rest a bit if they are feeling contractions after the amnio, which is not uncommon for a short period of time. ...Read more

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Dr. Monica Popov
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Amniocentesis (Definition)

Amniocentesis is a procedure used to draw a sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds and cushions the baby in the womb. This fluid contains cells that have been sloughed off of the developing fetus. Amniocentesis is most often used to detect genetic abnormalities, though the results can also reveal the baby's sex, gauge lung maturity (if done close to term), detect amniotic fluid infections, or ...Read more