Eventually, the wife to be and I will want to have children. I've heard that blood RH factor is important during the pregnancy. Especially if the mom to be is RH negative. What if she's RH positive and I'm negative? Are there potential problems here or is it strictly the mother's RH factor that determines this?
I don't believe that it matters what the father's RH status is. IF the Mother is RH negative, all she needs is a simple shot, well I won't say simple it hurts apparently! And all should be well. I would htink that she could be tested now, so that as soon as ya'll find out she could get the shot. My friend is RH negative and has had three babies, all perfectly healthy, and HUGE, lol, with the shot. Now, if it isn't caught and treated it can be a big deal. I would call your regular dr. or look it up and see if she can be tested now. Her status will never change, so if she isnt' now, she won't be then!
It is only the mother's RH factor that is of concern in pregnancy. If she is Rh positive, there is nothing to worry about. If she were to be RH negative, she would need a RhoGHAM shot, which is no big deal.
I am RH - and I had a perfectly healthy baby. I am now pregnant with baby #2. What happens is that the first OB appointment, the Dr. will find out your wifes blood type. If she happens to be negative, then around 18-20 wks of her pregnancy, she will get blood taken and they will make a shot for her EXACT blood type. She will get a shot in her rear. That is it. If the baby is born with a positive blood type, then your wife will get another dose after baby is born (most likely injected in her IV) It really is not a big deal. Good Luck!!
Last edited by curious1979; 03-15-2005 at 09:33 AM.
Im RH Negative too. Yeah, I didn't and don't worry about it much. I talk to the doctors and keep up on it so I get the shot. Im on baby number two and 22 weeks pregnant. The doctor said at my next apt. at 26 wks he will check my glucose and I will get the shot.
Way back in the day it was a big deal though. My grandma was RH- and she lost two babies becuase of it, but then there was nothing that could be done.