rh sensitized

Marisa - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Has anyone who is rh sensitized had a normal pregnancy or one with little complications?

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Jessica - posted on 04/04/2010

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There is more to the Rh-negative blood factor that just pregnancy issues. FInd out more on www.RhNegativeRegistry.com!

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Ashley - posted on 07/10/2015

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There is such a thing as being sensitized when I comes to being RH negative. What it means is regardless of past pregnancies or miscarriages, your body has decided to make antibodies against an RH positive baby. When you are sensitized it means that Rhogam will no longer work. Your doctor will then check to see if your child has started developing anemia and based on those results may just monitor you, do blood transfusions on your unborn child, or induce early labor via c-section. My first pregnancy I had Rhogam at 28 weeks and he came out negative as well and so I had no complications. With this pregnancy, I had no antibodies or sensitization at my 12 week bloodwork but for some reason at my 26 week retesting I did. This means I will not be getting Rhogam as it is pointless now. I go next week to test his anemia levels via amniocentesis. Hopefully they are low and he can continue to grow for a bit longer. After birth they will watch for jaundice and further anemia issues. Most babies are born healthy and survive perfectly fine.

Jodi - posted on 12/11/2010

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I am Rh- (and contrary to a previous poster, there IS such as thing as being Rh sensitized, which is seems you already know). I got my shots with my first pregnancy like i was supposed and will with this one as well. BUT, I have decided, against doctors orders to let the umbilical cords stay atattched until they're done pulsing (I'm having twins, that's why I say cords). This increases my chances of becoming Rhsensitized if either of the babies is +. I have been warned it carries a risk of miscarriages in future pregnancies, but it's not *that* high of a risk...but I'm getting my tubes tied after these 2, so I didn't ask much about it. I would check out the link that Jessica supplied and most certainly talk to your doctor about it!

Jessica - posted on 12/10/2010

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Yes, there is such a thing as being Sensitized. They use the Coombs Direct/Indirect blood test to find out. I was just tested because I could not remember having RhoGam after my second child, as I had a c-section as was quiet out of it. Educating yourself is important. It is NOT as simple as either Rh+ or Rh- because all Rh+ children of Rh- moms or dad WILL carry a recessive Rh- factor, it is genetic. I am a factor of that truth.

Kimberly - posted on 03/15/2010

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Sorry--i didn't read your post up there! So you miscarried because of this?? That doesn't sound right--but I'm not a doctor. I'm sorry about your miscarriage. Being rh neg really shouldn't affect future pregnancies as long as you're getting these shots when they need be given. I hope you have a doctor you trust!!!

Kimberly - posted on 03/15/2010

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I'm rh negative...not sure what you're asking, but the doctors know what to do, if they know. They test you for it when you become pregnant. After a miscarriage, I had to get a shot to prevent any problems with a future pregnancy..and I had to have another shot at 28 wks. when preg. with my daughter. They tested her, to see what she was, and was also negative, so no shots after she was born... Sorry if this was none of the info you needed. ;) All in all, the shots they give you prevent any problems that would come from being rh negative.

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Sorry to hear but it sounds like someone dropped the ball. You should have had an injection when you miscarried as that is likely the problem. Have you searched the web? you may be able to find more info.

Marisa - posted on 03/11/2010

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I am rh negative and my first pregnancy went normal. I got the injections with him. Then a few months ago I miscarried. My Dr. said either my son's blood (when he was born) or blood from my second pregnancy mixed with mine. Now my body makes antibodies to fight rh postive blood. I am rh sensitized and if my baby is rh positive, like my husband, my blood could attact the baby.

I just want to know if anyone has gone through this or knows someone who has.

Kristen - posted on 03/11/2010

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yeah, there's no such thing as Rh sensitized...you have be positive or negative for the Rh factor. I'm O+ so I didn't have to have the injection, its really not a problem unless you're a "-" i.e. O- and your partner is positive and you don't get the injection. For the first baby you may be able to carry to term, but a second pregnancy without the injection you could miscarry.

Christy - posted on 03/11/2010

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Are you asking about those with rh negitive blood types? If so, I am and have gone through two pregnancies. Both of my pregnancies were pretty normal, however, the labor and delivery for my first child I did have quite a few complications and a very difficult labor. But with my second child, I had a very easy labor and delivery.

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