In this episode of the podcast you’re going to learn what it means to be Rh negative and the implications for pregnancy. The short story is that Rh negative has to do with your blood type. If you’re Rh negative and your baby is Rh positive, it can potentially cause problems for the baby.
Alloimmunization is what occurs when an RH negative mom's immune system is exposed to the baby’s Rh positive cells. When this happens the mom's immune system may attack the baby's red blood cells.
There are effective treatments and not all exposure will necessarily result in alloimmunization however it’s very important to take this seriously. If you take one thing away from this episode it’s that prevention is key. It's the best way to keep your baby safe.
In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:
- What the blood group systems are and what that means
- What the most common blood types are
- What alloimmunization is and when it occurs
- Why she leaned towards a c-section from the outset
- How to prevent it
- What are the fetal/neonatal consequences of alloimmunization
- What types of screenings are done
- What rhogan is, how it works, and the safety of it
- List What can you do if alloimmunization has occurred
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