Post # 1
Hi guys. I have a question for you all, preferebly anyone with a nursing or medical back round. I am 7 weeks pregnant and just found out I have RH Negative Blood ( type O). I totally understand what it means as far as the pregnancy and seems like a pretty manageable thing. My concern is what if I ever need some type of blood transfusion for any reason ( pregnancy or not)? If I am reading correctly a RH negative person can only receive rh negative blood? Is this readily available? Thanks a ton!
Post # 3
Bump. I am curious about this as I have A- blood
Post # 5
I am also curious as to the availability of (-) blood types- according to the red cross only 7% of caucasian’s are A-… I used to give blood all the time bc I knew my type was more rare but I moved and there is no red cross blood donations here & the local blood bank requires higher iron levels which I have been unable to meet, even with supplements. =(
Post # 6
you actually have a double whammy.. you are O- which means you are the universal donor and anyone can get your blood. Unfortunately you can only receive O- blood…. not any other rh -ve type.
Post # 7
i should have also asked what blood type your partner is… as it can have a major impact on your future ability to carry a fetus to term if your first child have an Rh+ blood type. In this case you would need shots to prevent Rh sensitization.
Post # 8
As far as pregnancy goes, if the baby’s father is positive you’ll need the Rhogam shot.
For blood transfusions, your blood type can only receive a donation of O-. Blood banks make a point of trying to recruit O- donors, and while they pretty much always have low supply of O-, if you need a transfusion they will be able to supply it.