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What does it mean when you have to get the rhogam shot while pregnant? My blood type is a- &' my obgyn said i had to get it. Is there something wrong

What does it mean when you have to get the rhogam shot while pregnant? My blood type is a- &' my obgyn said i had to get it. Is there something wrong

Prevent Antibodies: "a negative" means that your body hasn't been exposed to a factor called "rh." your baby could have that factor though and if so, your body will think of that factor as foreign and create antibodies that will attack your next pregnancy if it also has that factor. Rhogam prevents these antibodies from forming by binding to the factor, hiding them, and ensuring your body doesn't create antibodies. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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


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I'm 28ws pregnant with my third, previous two miscs. I'm receiving the rhogam shot next week. Will my baby be safe till then? What's the purpose ?

I'm 28ws pregnant with my third, previous two miscs. I'm receiving the rhogam shot next week. Will my baby be safe till then? What's the purpose ?

You are Rh negative: The Rhogam shot helps prevent the fetus, who may be rh positive, from triggering a reaction in your body if/when small amounts of fetal blood enter your system.Your body could develop antibodies that would break down the babies blood & place him/her in danger.The shot blocks that. In the 3+ decades it has been used it has been quite effective at keeping babies healthy. ...Read more

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Do i need to get the rhogam shot earlier for 2nd pregnancy? I am rh- and my husband is rh+

Do i need to get the rhogam shot earlier for 2nd pregnancy? I am rh- and my husband is rh+

Yes: So u do not get sensitized as this could be very bad for an unborn fetus and it will make it very hard in the future for u to be typed if u need blood. ...Read more

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I had a rhogam shot when i found out i was pregnant i miscarried, do I need another rhogam?

I had a rhogam shot when i found out i was pregnant i miscarried, do I need another rhogam?

Yes: You need another shot as you may have been exposed to significant blood from your baby and if that baby was rh+ you have a risk of developing rh antibodies. ...Read more

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I had to have a pregnancy terminated. I'm Rh neg but I didn't get my rhogam shot until 81 hours after. Could it still work? When can I find out?

It still could work: Rhogam can work up to 96 hours, so you have a good chance of being protected. You need an antibody screen drawn in about 6-8 weeks to be sure. Good luck! Dr. S ...Read more

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Will getting the rhogam shot help with the next pregnancy if I've previously had two miscarriages?

Will getting the rhogam shot help with the next pregnancy if I've previously had two miscarriages?

Rhogam: if you are Rh Negative, then rhogam is indicated by 2nd trimester to decrease the risk of inducing red blood cells break down (hemolysis) in the fetus. Close follow up with maternal fetal medicine (high risk pregnancy) specialist will be needed. ...Read more

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After having a baby and i'm b neg blood type and i didn't get a rhogam shot can I still get pregnant or what will happen?

After having a baby  and i'm b neg blood type and i didn't get a rhogam shot can I still get pregnant or what will happen?

Depends: If the first baby was rh negative you did not need rhogram and there will be no problem with a future pregnancy. If the baby was positive you could form antibodies to a future baby which can destroy that babies red blood cells and harm or kill a future baby. Check with your OB and see . Most likely you did not get Rhogam because the first baby was rh negative. ...Read more

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I don't think I got my rhogam shot after last delivery of 3rd child (did w previous 2 births). Now pregnant again. Will I miscarry baby?!

I don't think I got my rhogam shot after last delivery of 3rd child (did w previous 2 births). Now pregnant again. Will I miscarry baby?!

Unlikely: If you miscarry, it is likely not related to the Rh problem. Usually the first pregnancy after a missed Rhogam results in fairly mildly hemolytic disease, but subsequent pregnancies have increased likelihood of hydrops. Be sure your OB is aware of your situation, and your baby will be monitored carefully. Your baby may need phototherapy or exchange transfusion after birth. ...Read more

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If i suffered a miscarriage without a rhogam shot, what happens if i get pregnant again?

If i suffered a miscarriage without a rhogam shot, what happens if i get pregnant again?

Rhogam: If you are rh positive there is no problem and Rhogam is not indicated. If you are rh negative there is a potential chance that you will get sensitized depending on whether you get transfused a certain amount of blood from a rh positive miscarriage. ...Read more

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What if a pregnant woman was given a Rhogam shot when she and the father are Rh-. What will happen to the fetus?

Nothing: The Rho-gam are antibodies against the Rh positive marker. If the mother and the father are Rh- then the baby can only be Rh-. The Rho-gam will not bind to anything. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm rh-, 32+ weeks pregnant with 2nd child, not sensitized (2blood tests) refused the rhogam shot.?

What do you advise if I'm rh-, 32+ weeks pregnant with 2nd child, not sensitized (2blood tests) refused the rhogam shot.?

Your choice: Sounds like you have already decided not to do rhogam which would be recommended if you are rh-. You can become sensitized at any point in pregnancy, certainly greater risk at time when mixing of blood may occur such as during delivery. If you are thinking of having any more kids in the future, I would definitely reconsider your current plan. If not, since you are currently not sensitized, baby OK ...Read more

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How far along in pregnancy should you get Rhogam shot for Rh neg. mothers. I had a mc and i had to get the shot could the blood type cause the mc.

How far along in pregnancy should you get Rhogam shot for Rh neg. mothers. I had a mc and i had to get the shot could the blood type cause the mc.

Rhogam is for RH neg: For Rh-negative preg women, RhoGAM is usually not administered until their 28th week of pregnancy, and then again within 72 hours after delivery. It is also extremely important for Rh-negative women to receive this injection after any miscarriage or abortion in order to avoid future pregnancy complications. Blood type does not cause miscarriages. Miscarriages occur naturally 20% of the time. ...Read more

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Can I have RhoGAM shot in week 29/30 instead of wk 28 (my 1st pregnancy)? I made prior travel plans, but my obgyn insists it MUST be exactly at 28 wk.

Can I have RhoGAM shot in week 29/30 instead of wk 28 (my 1st pregnancy)? I made prior travel plans, but my obgyn insists it MUST be exactly at 28 wk.

Yes: It's ok to delay it by one to two weeks. The point of the shot is to bind up any fetal blood that might mix with your blood if you happen to deliver early so that your immune system can't form antibodies against it if it is different from yours. ...Read more

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Rh- I Had a Miscarriage I got the rhogam shot then now I am 28w I haven't received it yet for this pregnancy Is it safe to get it after 28w? Scared

Strict time line: There is a strict time line for the administration of rhogam. If it is not given at 28 weeks, the potential beneficial effect may be diminished or there may be no benefit at all. ...Read more

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My earlier blood group test turned out false and during 32 week of pregnancy i discovered to be O- Father is O+. is it too late to have RhoGAM shot?

No: Please discuss it with your obstetrician. You should have a baseline titer of anti Rh antibody and a Rhogam shot now and certainly at delivery, if the baby is Rh positive. ...Read more

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I don't remember getting a rhogam shot after my son was born (he's a+, and i'm b-). I'm now pregnant again and worried that my antibodies may harm my unborn baby?

I don't remember getting a rhogam shot after my son was born (he's a+, and i'm b-). I'm now pregnant again and worried that my antibodies may harm my unborn baby?

Ask OB or get record: The administration of Rhogam would be recorded within the ob's office record or the hospital record at the delivering hospital. Contact either & ask specifically for a review of that activity. Hospital records would have it on a medication administration form, a dr would have it listed during the visits involved.You can be tested for this kind of antibody formation. ...Read more

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How far along in pregnancy does a rh- mother get rhogam shot? What are some tips for ttc after mc?

How far along in pregnancy does a rh- mother get rhogam shot? What are some tips for ttc after mc?

RhoGam vs Godzilla: When Rh-neg blood may be exposed to Rh-pos blood,commonly during pregnancy and blood transfusions.For a first pregnancy,not until the 28th week of pregnancy and again within 72 hours after delivery. For every subsequent pregnancy it will need to be administered at regularly, especially during the second half of the pregnancy.Also after any miscarriage or abortion in order to avoid future problems ...Read more

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Im 11 wks pregnant and I'm a nurse. I got a needle stick after drawing blood yesterday. Do I need to get a Rhogam shot now as I am RH positive?

Im 11 wks pregnant and I'm a nurse. I got a needle stick after drawing blood yesterday. Do I need to get a Rhogam shot now as I am RH positive?

Two different issues: First, you need to discuss the needle stick with your employer or department of health - it is a matter of health for you and your baby. You may need labs drawn or even prophylaxis depending upon the circumstances. Second, you did not become Rh positive from the needle stick. You will need to discuss this with your OB at your next visit. You can call if you need an answer sooner. ...Read more

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Rhogam shot for miscarriage. Will this protect my future babies from harm until 28 weeks of pregnancy?

Rhogam shot for miscarriage. Will this protect my future babies from harm until 28 weeks of pregnancy?

Should do: good that you took it after miscarriage, within the timeframe, once pregnant again, please have good prenatal care from day one, good luck ...Read more

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I have pcos, and i think i might be pregnant, if i am.. Should i get another rhogam shot since i'm ab-. I had a miscarriage @ 6wks last year?

I have pcos, and i think i might be pregnant, if i am.. Should i get another rhogam shot since i'm ab-. I had a miscarriage @ 6wks last year?

First take test : If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. This is the first step. Since you are rh negative you will need a Rhogam shot if you have bleeding and when you are 28 weeks pregnant. You do not need to do one simply because you in early pregnancy. Our office is near you and we would love to help you out if you need. ...Read more

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Hi i'm 5 weeks pregnant bleeding and cramping I went to the er I got a rhogam shot and the bleeding and cramping stopped does this mean my baby is ok?

Hi i'm 5 weeks pregnant bleeding and cramping I went to the er I got a rhogam shot  and the bleeding and cramping stopped does this mean my baby is ok?

Maybe: It's too early to say if the baby is okay. At 5 weeks all you can see by sonogram is a small pregnancy sac. Bleeding during pregnancy is very common and many women who experience it go on to have normal pregnancies. If the bleeding continues and becomes heavier, then you may be miscarrying. The only advice is to practice pelvic rest (no intercourse) and don't over exert yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Bates jr.
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