Angie - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
I'm currently pregnant with my first baby and recently found out that I'm RH- and have to get a Rhogam shot. For those who aren't aware of the Rhogam shot, it's taken as an immunization. With RH- mothers-to-be with babies who might be RH+, this shot is very necessary... so I'm told. To make a long story short, the shot tricks your body into thinking you have the RH factor in your blood(when you are RH- and this factor is absent.) Otherwise, your body will sense the RH factor in your babies body, and will create antibodies to destroy the RH factor in their blood. The issue with this is, when you get pregnant a second time around, you will have many complications due to the antibodies that your body has created in the first pregnancy. You may miscarry, have a stillborn baby, or the baby could be born jaundice and need a blood transfusion.
The task of having to make this decision, to get the shot or to refuse it, has put a lot of stress on me. I don't really know anyone whose been through this, and my doctor hasn't really given me much to go on. All I have regarding information on RH Incompatibility is the biased opinions written online, where most of them are against the Rhogam shot.
I put this community together with the hopes that other Mothers who have been through this same situation could come forward with their experiences and advice regarding Rhogam. I've also made it for mothers-to-be, like me, who are looking for a little advice and support on the subject.
I'd like to thank everyone in advance for any help they can give me, and other mothers like me!