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Rhogam

Any of you fellow O- floks know when I should get the Rhogam shot. Do I need another if I had one the first time? I forgot to ask the doc last appt....

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I am RH negative. I got mine at 28 weeks which is standard at my doctors office. They had a marked envelope with my paperwork for the shot in my chart (I had to go to the hospital to get my shot) after my first appointment that said Rhogam on it that way they knew when I hit 28 weeks it was time for me to go. You have to get one with each pregnancy and then after delivery if the baby doesn't have RH negative blood as well. I got lucky with my daughter and she is A- like me so I didn't have to get the second shot.

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I had some minor bleeding at 12 weeks so I had it then and I got it again at 28 weeks. So I've gotten it twice this pregnancy..

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I'm O negative also and I got it at 28 weeks. I've noticed that there's a flourescent orange sticker on my chart that says "Rh Negative"...I guess as a reminder to them. I think you have to get it during and after each pregnancy because I had one last year right after my m/c also.

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I had mine at 28 weeks also.

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I've had 2 this pregnancy as well. At 4 weeks because I had some bleeding (and have had a m/c so thought I might m/c again) and then again at 28 weeks. Strange they didn't have that in your chart.

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I guess I had better call and ask....Or maybe wait until Monday, I have an appt. anyway?

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I would maybe call today and ask them. Did you ladies get your shots at the doctors office? They made me do mine at the hospital because they had to draw blood first and do a lab work-up before I could do it. If that's the case for you then the doctor may want to know now so that maybe they can be prepared to give you the shot on Monday.

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What is this shot for? Never heard of it...

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You might want to call and mention it. For my first pregnancy, I went to a smaller clinic and they didn't carry the Rhogam in their office, they had to put in an order for it and wait a few days for it to get there. This time around, I'm at a larger clinic which is connected to the hospital and I've been able to get the shot right then and there because they keep it on hand.

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What is this shot for? Never heard of it...

It's for if your blood type is Rh-negative, and you're carrying a baby whose blood type is Rh-positive (like the baby's father's blood). There's no way to tell (well, maybe there is?) what blood type your baby has until it's born, so they do the shot at 28 weeks and then it lasts until you deliver sometime in the next 12 weeks. When your immune system is exposed to that different blood type your body will basically try to fight it off.
http://www.rhogam.com/Patient/WhatRhNegativeMeans/Pages/WhatdoseitmeantoRhNegative.aspx

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Interesting... thanks Ashley! I've just never had to deal with that, so I had no idea lol!