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Reason to be Scared :(

So the doctor came back and said that my body is producing E antibodies. These antibodies can attack the baby. I have to have more blood drawn every month to see if they are increasing. If they do next month, I will have to see a high-risk doctor. She said that since I am B+ she had never seen anything like this before and it is really rare. I found this site if you want to read more. It is another baby site where someone asked the question, but the answer seems legit.

http://www.babyzone.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-complications/pregnancy-anti-e-antibody_79177

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Wow, that's really interesting and scary. I hadn't heard of something like that in someone with a + blood type. It's good that it appears to be not too severe most of the time. I hope yours is not severe. Great catch on the part of your doc!

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Hang in there, sweetheart!! You know your PO family is here for you to listen and support!! :grouphug:

Did she say what the alternatives are? As in.. will the E antibodies decrease if not continually produced? Will you always have a small amount? What effects does that have?

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HUGS!! It's always scary to hear that kind of news. But sounds like your doc is on the ball and caught it early so she can keep a close eye. My sister had the Rhesus antibodies... was definitely MUCH worse than this. Hoping for a HEALTHY 7 months ahead!

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I don't know any answers just yet. We will talk more at our appointment next Thursday. I have been mad researching since I got home but can't find anything on + blood types and this antibody. I am still shaking with fear and anxiety. I shake like when you are cold. This probably isn't good.

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I'm so sorry Christine! Praying they don't increase. We're here for you, girlie!!

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OK ok ok.. I just talked to my mom who has been an LDR nurse for 20+ years.. she said that while the E antibody is certainly something that can be scary and can cause miscarriage, it was more an "OMG :shock: " issue 60 years ago when they did not have the drugs they do today. She said that today, the majority of pregnancies go on to be happy and healthy with perfect kids.. She stressed the importance of prenatal care and that had your Dr not caught and put this issue on the radar, the results could have possibly been devastating. But he/she did and with that (I told her you were just at 7 weeks), your chances of a HH9M are as high as the sky.

I don't do a lot of internet searching for info simply because I don't believe everything I read.. I go to a source who knows what they're talking about.. like my mom. Wink

Hope this helps a little bit, Christine! HUGE HUGS!! Biggrin

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I'm glad for that news Adiana. I get worried about all the little babies. Smile I'll keep you in my prayers Christine. I pray for all you ladies. Smile

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"ILoveMyMiniMe" wrote:

OK ok ok.. I just talked to my mom who has been an LDR nurse for 20+ years.. she said that while the E antibody is certainly something that can be scary and can cause miscarriage, it was more an "OMG :shock: " issue 60 years ago when they did not have the drugs they do today. She said that today, the majority of pregnancies go on to be happy and healthy with perfect kids.. She stressed the importance of prenatal care and that had your Dr not caught and put this issue on the radar, the results could have possibly been devastating. But he/she did and with that (I told her you were just at 7 weeks), your chances of a HH9M are as high as the sky.

I don't do a lot of internet searching for info simply because I don't believe everything I read.. I go to a source who knows what they're talking about.. like my mom. Wink

Hope this helps a little bit, Christine! HUGE HUGS!! Biggrin

Thanks Adri! Does your Mom know anything about it in people with a + blood type? The high risk doctor and my doctor didn't seem to understand it. I know I need to relax and I will try, I am just one of those people that needs to know all the details so I can plan for every case. I am weird, I know!

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Thanks Adri! Does your Mom know anything about it in people with a + blood type? The high risk doctor and my doctor didn't seem to understand it. I know I need to relax and I will try, I am just one of those people that needs to know all the details so I can plan for every case. I am weird, I know!

I didn't ask about specific blood types.. but she did mention that the E antibody issue I told her about (and that you are B+) is exceptionally similar to the issue I and millions of others have gone through in that out blood is being a pain in the WOOTWOOT (lol) with the baby, simply because the baby most likely has the opposite blood type as our own. I'm O- and DD (as well as this baby) have a + type. I simply have to get the Rogham shot.. I've had one and will have another at 28 weeks so my body doesn't abort, plain and simple. It was freaky with DD because I didn't understand it but now that she's a happy, healthy almost 10 y/o, I know it was a-ok.

Blood types are funky.. Basically what is happening (and sorry if I'm repeating stuff you already know.. I'm just speaking from experience Lol ) your body is expecting one thing but being faced with something different. So, naturally, like an infection, it's trying to fight it. I'm sure there's a little more to your case since they mentioned a high risk Dr but don't fret.. someone, somewhere has been through this before and your Drs are gonna be on it like white on rice. Flies to shi... well, you get the idea. Wink hehe

I know it's hard but breathe.. All will be a ok! Don't forget to talk to your little bean! The power of love and emotion is crazy! Biggrin

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I'm glad for that news Adiana. I get worried about all the little babies. Smile I'll keep you in my prayers Christine. I pray for all you ladies. Smile

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Oh wow! That is scary news. I'm sorry you have to go through this. Hopefully they won't increase and they are just taking extra precaution. I will keep you in my thoughts! Keep us posted.

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SO sorry about the news! I know nothing about it but It's good that they caught it and I'm sure they can keep an eye on it enough so that you and the baby will be just fine! hugs!

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I think what's probably causing the confusion here is that the E antigen is not the same thing as the Rh (rhesus) factor. The Rh factor determines whether your blood type is negative or positive, but it is made up of several different antigens, the E being just one of them. So I *think* it's possible to have a positive overall blood type, but still be negative for that particular E antigen (meaning your blood does not wear that particular little "hat" so to speak). If your baby's blood does, it'll attack it like a foreign body. I took a pretty extensive immunology class, but that was like probably 8 years ago, so it's all a bit vague now. I'd LOVE to have that professor here to pick his brain about it... He was a genius in immunology!

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Bahahahaha Mary. You sound just like me! I always want to know all about everything. That's why I became a teacher.

And yes, those are two different things, but my doctor said they normally see the e antibody in rh- patients. That is why she couldn't find any information about it being in an rh+ person. Either way, we are in a wait and see pattern and most likely will see at least some NICU time. You git what you git and you don't throw a fit, right?!?!