Post # 1
Hey ladies. About two months ago I donated blood. I received a letter this week from the company stating that unusual results came up when they tested my blood. Apparently I have Anti-M antibodies. My blood type is B- (rare). Immediately I was a little alarmed! I started researching it, and from what I gather, it really would only be an issue during pregnancy or if I ever needed a transfusion. So, now I have a little card that I have to carry around in case of emergency (LOL). From what I have read so far, it’s not always a big deal, and is largely dependent on DH’s bloods/antibodies/etc. One website stated that if you are pregnant, your body may perceive the pregnancy and baby as a threat and “REJECT THE BABY.” I wouldn’t say that I was necessarily upset about this condition, persay, until I read that part. That absolutely breaks my heart. So sad, and such a blunt way to put it. 🙁 It stated that it is rare, and happens in about 1 in 15,000 people. Most of the articles I have found online have been full of medical and scientific jargon that I just don’t understand!
Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to ask is, Has anyone here dealt with it? Or is anyone familiar with this? Darling Husband and I have talked about TTC within the next year or so. Is there anything we can do? Or, if my body has a chance of “rejecting the baby,” is it even humane to try? It’s so frustrating that I can’t find much info on it. Thanks guys!
Post # 3
You should definitely talk to your doctor about this. Have you ever had a blood transfusion before? Has your husband been tested to see if he has M as well? I think that’d be the first step after talking to your doctor.
Post # 4
I have never heard of this so I had to look it up as well. I am A-, so I have to get an injection at 28 weeks and again at labor, due to having a negative Rh factor. I second asking your doctor about this.
Post # 5
Hello, I work in a haematology and transfusion laboratory.
Anti-M antibodies are relatively common (especially in asian populations) and won’t cause you harm as you go about your day to day life. Anti-M antibodies rarely cause problems with pregnancy, and when it does occur it doesn’t result in death of the foetus. It will make it slightly trickier to give you a transfusion (if you ever need one) but it is not impossible to find compatable units and it really isn’t a big deal. It may make us transfusion scientists curse your sample as it means extra work for us but that’s about it.
Post # 6
Thank you ladies for your input! I have a regularly scheduled checkup July so I will definitely ask him about it then. And no, I have never had a blood transfusion or any major medical operation! Also, since we just found out about it, no he has not yet been tested. I am just stumped because I have given blood a few times before this instance, and never received word of anything like this. So, it’s intriguing!
@Sibiohan: Thank you so much! You definitely eased my fears. I feel a LOT better about things!