thread: ANTI - D and rhesus negative treatments

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2005
    Melbourne
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    ANTI - D and rhesus negative treatments

    Hello,

    I was just wondering if anyone with a Rh negative bloodtype had used the Anti-D treatment?

    If so, did you have the injection after the birth or at 28 weeks and 34 weeks also?

    Thanks


    Laura


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    Fee Guest

    I'm interested in info about this. I'm blood type A Negative and DH is positive.

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2005
    Melbourne
    467

    Hi fee!

    I have printed out some info I found on the red cross website and also the australia new zealand college of obs and gyns

    but it was more aimed at doctors - I fond it a bit clinical.

    I also found a book and i've ordered it from amazon called Anti-D in midwifery by sara wickham.... i'll let you know if its any good.

    xxx
    Laura

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    Stormi Guest

    Hi there,

    I just had my third baby just over 3 weeks ago - with my first two, they just had the anti-D injection after the birth. Now they have changed the protocol and this time around I had it at 28 and 34 weeks (or thereabouts). They also give you one after the birth, depending on the baby's blood group (my DD is negative blood group, they only need to give it after the birth if bubs blood group is positive).

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    Lee-Ann Guest

    I'm rhesus neg and with my first two daughters I had the anti-d injection straight after I gave birth. They too are both Rh neg.

    My Dr also told me the same as what Stormi has said, I will need an injection before the birth at around 28 weeks, he didn't however mention a second injection, but I'll talk to him about it next week.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jun 2005
    Caboolture
    33

    RH Negative blood group

    I have A negative blood and am 33 wks pregnant with baby number 3. With my first baby I had the injection about 2 days after he was born. He has A postive blood.

    With my second son I was waiting for the injection when the lady across from me got one. I asked where mine was and they said that I didn't need one as my son was A negative the same as me.

    This time around I have had an Anti D injection at 28 wks and am having another next week. They haven't mentioned one after the baby is born.

  7. #7
    bek4art Guest

    Rhesus negitive MUM with ANITBODIES!!!!!

    Hi, there, I'm a mother of 4 children I am rhesus negitive, and with my last baby My Blood got into his blood stream and his in mine, causing me to now have ANTIBODIES
    Even though after every baby I had the anti D injection for some unknown reason I have now antibodies!!
    Well now I am Pregnant again and are 35 weeks
    I have been monitored every week, I live in Christchurch Nz which they are up to the mark with things like this thankfully!!
    My anti bodie levels have remained very steady Until this week when they went through the roof, So now it's all on,
    I Have to have a cvs next week, where they will take a sample from the cord, (I had a amnio at 16 weeks) so another similar experience coming up for me next week,
    My specailist informs me that from the time that my antibodie levels become to high to the time that it can affect my wee Man,(having a boy!)
    is varied, but they will now monitor me weekly,
    Chances are that He will have a blood transfusion next week, and I will be induced at 37 or 38 weeks
    Of course this is all depending on how bub's is,
    Every week they have been doing a scan, checking the blood flow into the brain, Making sure he is not becoming bloted in any way, making sure the fluid around him is satisfactory - as this is a good indication that baby is in distress!

    So time now is very nerve racking for me, But I had no idea of all this when my partner and I set out to have this baby, I did know that I was rhesus neg, and I did know that I had antibodies.
    I guess this baby was just meant to be!
    If there is anyone out there that wants to talk about it or are worried
    drop me a line!
    I wish I'd have know this stuff before falling pregnant again,

    My partner and I are hoping to have Baby Number 6 next year sometime.

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    I am rhesus negative and luckily knew this prior to having a D&C before I had children. Hubby is rhesus positive. For my first pregnancy, I had an initial blood test to check for antibodies, then two more blood tests throughout my pregnancy. I had no antibodies and was given the anti-d after the birth when my daughter's cord blood had tested to be rhesus positive.

    Second bub with same Ob, was more relaxed. I think he tested for antibodies initially, but then once after (I think). I then had the anti-d after the birth as my son was also rhesus positive.

    Check out the BellyBelly article here: https://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregna...tive-pregnancy
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    BellyBelly Member

    Mar 2005
    Melbourne
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    Does anyone know what happens if you are Rh- and have had a miscarriage when younger that did not require medical intervention (ie. very early in pregnancy)???

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    Fire Fly Guest

    Im RH A Positive with anti Kell antibodies. Just to confuse all of you.
    Im having monthly bloods done to check the Kell levels. And monthly ultrasounds to check blood levels in the babys head.

    If my levels increase then my chances of having a full term pg are not likely. I will have to go to a specialist hospital and im not sure if they would induce or do a caesarean but the Dr was talking at delivering around the 36 to 38 week mark. My worst case senario is a still born bub. Hence the monthly check.

    Apparently the risk increases with each pregnancy with me because my antibodies build up more and more. So far they are normal so im hoping all stays good. If by chance they do start to climb and i need to deliver early then they will give the baby a blood transfusion before he is born. Not sure how that works either.

    As far as i know though its worse to be Rhesus Negative. At least i dont have that to contend with either.

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    BellyBelly Member

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    I'm Rhesus neg as well.Out of my 5 babies (not including this one) I have had three that have all had to have treatment for jaundice. The doctors refuse to give me the Anti D because my levels are so high...15 weeks and they are already sitting on 1 in 28.... I most likely will have another baby with the same problem, but this time it will be worse..my last baby had to have a dbl volume exchange plus platelet transfusion and was induced at 37 w. This new one that I am expecting is heading down the same path but instead of 37 w the doctors have said from the 27 w mark...
    Just shows how dangerous it can be.

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    Bethany, if you have a miscarriage you still really need Anti-D - any opportunity where the foetus blood and mother's blood has an opportunity to mix, also like an amniocentesis, termination or any bleeding during pregnancy etc. So check with your Ob.
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    Before pregnancy i thought i was O positive because both my parents are, so we just asumed, as you would. But when i had my first lot of blood tests i found out i am actually O negative(how weird) DF is A negative, so i never had the anti-D injections. Lily is also negative, just not sure which group(they never told us!)

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    BellyBelly Member

    Mar 2005
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    Kelly, or others who may know,
    Given that apparently many people have miscarriages that they are unaware of, how can this be done?

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    Any time you have a bleed for an unknown reason, assume that it could be a m/c and go to the doctor. It might seem to you silly but when it comes to being rhesus neg it is actually a big deal.I am quite lucky to the fact that I have never m/c, but after no.2,3,4,and now no.5 the hospital/midwives have NEVER given me any anti D and that is why I am in the situation I am now.So, please if you have any bleeding for unknown reasons,go to the doctor and say that you are RH- and you think you may have had a m/c and ask for an Anti D shot.It could protect any subsequent babies.

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    BellyBelly Member

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    But don't many miscarriages go unnoticed as you might just get a heavy period? This would be particularly so if you weren't TTC.

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    BellyBelly Professional Support Panel

    Nov 2005
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    Hi Bethany

    Yes you are correct many miscarriages go unnoticed. But all women early in there pregnancy should have a blood test to check for antibodies. the results of this blood test will determine what treatment needs to be done, if any.