What is the rhogam shot?

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.
Complicated Issues. Can one answer in 400 characters? We'll try. If you are Rh negative and the father of the baby is Rh positive, there is a chance that the baby has Rh antigen on its blood cells. If your immune system sees those cells you will make antibodies to them, which could attack a future Rh positive pregnancy. Rhogam attaches to the fetuses Rh expressing cells in your circulation and prevents this.

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What's the time frame for rhogam shot? I am 28 weeks but my ob still haven't done it. Previous pregnancies I had to have it at 28 weeks!

Usually 26-28 wks. Rhogam typically offers about 6 weeks of coverage and it is generally recommended for rh negative women for "antepartum prophylaxis" at 26-28 weeks. It can certainly be given at 29, 30 weeks but i would discuss this with your OB provider-express your concern and ask if they have a different protocol plan. If so, why etc. Read more...

What is the price for a rhogam shot in atlanta ga?

Ask your pharmacist. It is an expensive injection and it is probably best if you can ask your local pharmacist to get some pricing for you...It should be covered by your insurrance, though. Good luck. Read more...

If I don't get the rhogam shot what will happen?

Risk for future baby. Rhogam is supposed to prevent you from developing anti d antibodies that could cause serious problems for future babies/fetuses. Those problems include: anemia, jaundice, hydrops fetalis, death. This risk is greater if we know for sure that product of current pregnancy had blood type rh positive and there was significant transfer of fetal blood into your body. You should discuss it with your doc. Read more...

When is the latest I can get rhogam shot? I received one when I miscarried does that protect this baby too?

No it doesn't. Rhogam should be given to Rh negative ladies within 72 hours of any obstetric complication or fetomaternal hemorrhage risk, e.g. abortion, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, CVS, amniocentesis. Prophylactic at 28 weeks pregnancy, and within 72 hours of delivery. One shot doesn't provide long lasting immunity, this is kind of passive not active immunization, as there is no microbe to immunize against. Read more...

Is it safe to get rhogam shot after 28 weeks?

After delivery. In this is your first Rh positive baby and you are Rh negative, Rhogam is customarily given after the delivery and assurance that the baby has a Rh positive blood type to prevent you from forming antibodies for your next Rh positive baby during pregnancy which can be harmful to the fetus. Read more...

Does the Rhogam shot show up on a blood test?

Not usually. The Rho-gam is an immune antibody against Rh. The only was it would show is if you tested specifically for anti-Rh antibodies. Read more...

If you're Rh negative and get the rhogam shot does that mean you're now Rh positive?

RhoGam. If you are rh-, you are rh- for life. Its determined by your genes. A shot of Rhogam just prevents you from developing antibodies to the rh factor. The Rhogam you receive only lasts about 12 weeks. Read more...