“I’ve heard too many stories of girls who have this blood type and didn’t get the Rhogam shot after pregnancy and now live in torture. Please educate.”
When a pregnant woman has Rh-negative blood type, her baby could be either Rh-negative or Rh-positive depending on the father. If baby inherits dad’s Rh-positive blood type, mom’s body could develop antibodies against this “foreign invader.” These antibodies could linger and attack the next pregnancy if that baby is also Rh-positive. RhoGAM® injection is given to mom to prevent these antibodies from forming and attacking a future Rh-positive pregnancy. RhoGAM must be given in the following situations:
- After delivery of a Rh-positive baby.
- Routine prevention of Rh immunization at 26 to 28 weeks of pregnancy.
- Maternal or fetal bleeding during pregnancy from certain conditions.
- Actual or threatened pregnancy loss at any stage. MICRhoGAM should be used in Rh-negative women who experience pregnancy loss at or up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
- Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in which the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus).
RhoGAM or MICRhoGAM may also be used to prevent Rh immunization in Rh-negative patients after the incompatible transfusion of Rh-positive blood or blood products.
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