Thoughts on Anti-D injections?


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Thoughts on Anti-D injections? I have a 48hr old B+ baby, I’m O- …blood tests show no fetal blood cells found in my blood sample. Have 24 more hours to have an anti-D injection if I choose to.

I don’t see the point given that there was no cross-over, & it’s still a blood product, which doesn’t appear to be that well-tested. Hubby doesn’t see the point in NOT having it just to be safe, if we go on to have another Bub (so far 2/2 are positive blood types). I’m a bit unsure what to do here & my research really hasn’t lead me any closer to a decision.

Any thoughts on how this could affect mineral status?

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Jessica 4 years 0 Answers 728 views 0

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  1. Perhaps Mandy Chadwick will comment.

  2. I don't think I would trust just one vial of blood over a rhogam administration. Your body could potentially still develop antibodies … since they take over 72 hours generally to build up and 14 days to peak. No rhogham injections with first pregnancies can have devastating effects on subsequent pregnancies.

  3. RH incompatibility used to be the leading cause of hydrops fetalis. Then rhogham entered the scene.

  4. I had to get the shot before an after giving birth I'm b- .

  5. What is your husband? That is the important question. If he is positive you will develop antibodies

  6. They never asked me I was told since I'm b- I had to get the shots.

  7. I was told I HAD to have the shot after my second and third baby. Mine were given immediately after the births.

  8. I am A- and my first 2 babies were A- so no shot given. My third baby was A+ like hubby and a c-section at 25 weeks so Anti-D was given

  9. If you decide to get the shot you make sure to request the THIMEROSAL free version.

  10. My husband is one of the people whose blood they use to make the shot. One donation of plasma covers a center's entire operating costs for a month. When they give the shot at the plasma center, they have to watch for anaphylactic shock and flu like symptoms are very normal.

  11. I am also rh- with rh positive kids. I have always had the shots and am only now doing a rethink. I think I would still have the postpartum shot. I don't think that under normal circumstances I would have the 24 week one, unless titres had been proven. It is just an extra load of immune system altering medication. But it's all academic for me as I am too old to be concerned

  12. Labour is the time when you are most at risk of sensitisation. I guess it all comes down to the question of whether your blood sample gives a 100% accurate picture of what is going on in your body. If that sample is 100% reliable that you have absolutely no fetal blood in your body then there's no need for the anti-D. But if it could be inaccurate then you will have to weigh up the potential risks of having vs. not having the jab. That is not something which anyone else can decide for you.
    The jab has to be given within 72hrs of exposure so you have a little time. I'd suggest you investigate the reliability of the blood sample result and also ask to see the ingredients of the jab that would be used for you as there are a few different varieties.

  13. Rh-negative mothers have a 1%–2% risk of being sensitized during the last trimester of pregnancy. At delivery, the Rh-negative mother has a 10%–15% risk of Rh-sensitization. Both my kids are Positive (as is my husband). I chose to get the shot postpartum (within the 72 hour window). However, did testing while pregnant to check for antibodies. Did not get the 28 week shot because no antibodies. I asked my midwives are blood testing before 72 hours and they said it was unreliable so I got the shot. There are serious consequences for a future baby if you are sensitized. If you are ok not having anymore children if you are sensitized then pass on the shot. BTW since both your kids are positive it is a very high chance (probably with complete certainty) that any future kids will also be positive. I know it is a really tough decision.

  14. My second son has had many problems due to being exposed to massive amounts of antibodies by 12 weeks pregnancy , I had to have an amniocentesis every week from 28 weeks to see how sick he was and he was finally delivered at 34 weeks with life threatening hemolytic anemia for which he had blood transfusions to keep him alive . I believe it is the root cause of his mineral imbalances he has now at age 16. I wasn't able to try for another baby and was still unable to donate blood for years due to the antibodies still present in my blood. A midwife friend of mine
    Still uses my case as an example of why the Anti D is important.
    I developed the antibodies after a miscarriage of my first pregnancy for which I was not given the Anti D in time which caused both my sons to be affected

  15. From my experience ^^^ it's a no brainer- have the shot

  16. Take the shot. Just because they didn't find fetal cells in a particular test doesn't mean that some did not cross into your system during birth. Having taken care of moms and babies needing PUBS and babies developing hydrops from not having the shot – I can tell you it is worth the risk. I am a retired Nurse who worked hirisk OB, NICU, L&D etc for 43 years. Some off that was before the shot. Take the shot.

  17. I'm negative with 4 positive babies Jess and when I asked the question of needing the post delivery shot (knowing A was my last baby) I was told by MM & the hospital that it's still important for donating and receiving blood transfusions or donor organs in the future. It was actually one thing that I didn't argue with

  18. I got the injection just to be safe!

  19. Jessica – congratulations on your new arrival

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