Actually some drs will give rhogam during the first pregnancy. I am a ftm and had a series of rhogam shots during my pregnancy. I did have issues with bleeding though as a result of a subchorionic hemorrhage and later on a marginal placental abruption so we were trying to take precautions
@ my3studs In California they give the shot to FTM at 28 weeks. And I know not every country does it. Btw, I didn't feel a thing with the Rhogam shot and I do not like taking any shots ;)
I am also o-, third pregnancy, first two were a +, i'm also a nurse. Don't panic. You don't get a rhogam injection with your first pregnancy while you're pregnant. After delivery they will test baby. If baby is positive, you will then get a rhogam injection and after that at 28 weeks with each of your next pregnancies because they are unable to tell babies blood type while you're pregnant. Btw if you do need it, heads up, that shot burns, lol.
I'm shocked your doctor never asked or tested. I have negative blood and don't know,my husband's blood type. Because he isn't insured and going to a blood drive would've taken too long to be typed I opted to get rhogam just in case. I'm praising God I did because I had bleeding problems a handful of times during pregnancy including a small placental abruption at 29 weeks and when my son was born they tested him and said his is positive. I've heard it's rare to have complications with rh factor with a first pregnancy though
If you are negative, no matter if you are A, B, AB or 0, that means you are Rh negative! You don't have the Rhogam factor. And that can cause miscarriages from the second baby on if the babies are Rh+. That's why the shot is given, to prevent the mom from making antibodies towards Rhogam (to prevent her from breaking down the baby's blood so it ends up in a miscarriage). The mother will only start making antibodies if the blood of the two meet (during delivery, or during a trauma in the pregnancy). But since it's a risk for the second baby on, you are encourage to take the shot in every pregnancy - even the first one if the baby is Rh+ and you are Rh-.
I think with o neg you should be fine. You are the universal donor. I think what nickley said is correct. That is what I have heard.
Ok thanks everyone. I will definitely ask my doctor about it.
Ask your doctor about it for sure. I'm a negative blood type and I have 3 anti d injections, 2 during pregnancy and 1 after birth. I'm on my 4th pregnancy and I've had the same thing every single pregnancy
You wouldn't have a problem first pregnancy but it's the pregnancies after. If your first baby is rh positive and it mixes with your birth at delivery your body build antibodies to the rh positive. So if you get pregnant again and your baby is rh positive your body would attack it.
They usually give it to you if you're negative just to be sure. Getting it after 28 weeks won't cause a problem. Some people also need it before 28 weeks due to bleeding, in which case they'd end up getting three doses.
Your suppose to get the shot at 28 weeks and after delivery if your negative..I for mine at 28 weeks. but nickley3 could be right it might just depend on the rh factor, I always thought it was if your just negative but I could be wrong!!
Ok thanks. Yes I'm going on 33 weeks and I didn't know if getting it this late would be a problem or anything.
I had to get the shot last pregnancy and they said it was because I had a negative blood type and the baby would probably have a positive blood type. But my Dr didn't actually say anything about it until the day I actually got the shot. I think I was around 35-36 weeks but I dnt recall exactly when I got it.
Ok thanks. I was wondering because my mom is negative and my two older sisters are negative and they had to have the shot with each of their pregnancies but my doctor never mentioned it too me and when I called the office he was out so I talked to the assistant and she said he should have given me an order to get it if I haven't received it.
From what I understand (and I could be wrong) its not about being o negative or a negative or whatever, its about lacking the rH factor making you rH negative. If they had found that your blood was rH negative, they would have tested dad's blood too. If he is also negative. No issues. Negative is a recessive trait so if dad was positive, baby would be positive and the difference in you and baby is what would cause issues. Hope this helps a little.