Post # 1
If someone (like myself) is RH negative and miscarried, would they need a shot?
I ask this because late last year I was sick and also had a kidney infection which lead to me not having my period for two months. (Im not on BC) my cycle length was about 58 days Until AF finally came with a vengeance It was a horrible heavy period and I had taken FRE and all three spanned out within 2 weeks were negative.
I was just curious, if it had been a miscarriage should you get a shot?
what if you didn’t know if you miscarried And everything returned to normal And you chalked it up to hormones or a whacky cycle? Would this affect future pregnancy?
Post # 3
Did you mention in the other thread that you’ve had an abortion? I believe you should’ve had the shot at that time, unless they didn’t think it was necessary for a first pregnancy. If that long cycle was a miscarriage you should’ve had one then too. You can ask your doctor for bloodwork to check for the antibodies that are produced when Rh+ baby’s blood mixes with Rh- mother’s blood. If antibodies are present, you’ll have to discuss with your doctor how to proceed with TTC.
Post # 4
As far as I remember you would need a shot yes. I am also RH negative. I blelieve my doc told me (this was 2 yrs ago) Each time pregnant would need a shot.
Post # 5
I take it we’re talking about Rhogam? It depends on if your partner is also RH-.
In my case, we’re both RH- blood types, so I wouldn’t need one.
Post # 6
Yes depends on your Partner. If he is Rh neg it shouldn’t be an issue. But if he’s not or you’re not sure then yes you should have definitely gotten one to avoid issues with future pregnancies.
Post # 7
@BellaDee: You should ask your doctor, I believe it may depend on how far along you were.
Post # 8
@jny1179: I had an abortion over 6 years ago. yes I had a shot for that. even though my partner was around and is my now husband. ( planned parenthood didn’t do tests)
thanks. Just worried for the future incase it was one. I never went to the doc about it Because I was negative on FRER
Post # 9
I don’t really understand this. If you had negative tests then you weren’t pregnant. Even if you were baby doesn’t make it’s own blood until 8 weeks (directly from rhogams website). So it’s unlikely to be a problem.
Post # 10
I’d ask your doctor, I think you should have one but I’m not 100% sure. I am 28 wks right now and just had mine and the sheet had different options for why I was getting the shot. I’m pretty positive that one of the options was something about a non full term pregnancy so I’d just check to be sure.
Post # 11
I’m negative and my husband is positive. After my miscarriage I had a shot. I thought that I would only need the one since it was my first pregnancy?
Post # 12
Yes, when a Rh negative person miscarries, they usually receive a shot. Usually when it is early in the pregnancy, a woman receives a smaller dose (120 ug) as opposed to the regular dose (300 ug) that is given at 28 weeks of pregnancy. It is the same as a woman presenting to the ER with bleeding in pregnancy early on (spotting or otherwise), they would do a blood group and if Rh neg, they will give the 120 ug.
Post # 13
@WillowB: Thank you! I’m assuming you’re a nurse/doctor. So what IF I had a miscarriage and I was using FRER too early…(although I didn’t) what would happen now that I didn’t have a shot ? Do I carry antibodies? (If my husband is RH + [im not sure that he is]) this is all hypothedical it’s just something I had been pondering yesterday.
Post # 14
@BellaDee: If you did have a miscarriage, it is not guaranteed that your body developed antibodies. The risk of developing them after miscarriage is pretty small, especially after a very early loss. They recommend the RhoGAM shot as a precaution since the shot is low-risk. You would need to visit your doctor and have blood work done to test for antibodies. If you did develop antibodies, there are treatment options your doctor can talk with you about.
And as others have said, if your partner is also RH- then there is no concern to begin with since your baby would not be RH+. He can go get blood drawn to test, or even just donate blood to find out his blood type.
Post # 15
@BellaDee: Forgive my ignorance, but a shot of what? I’m not pregnant, or TTC so I know very little about this. I’m RH negative though, so I clicked on the thread and now I’m confused.
Post # 16
@taraelisabeth: thank you this was very helpful!
it’s a rhogram shot Im not sure exactly what the shot does but it prevents the RH- mothers blood mixing with RH+?