An Rh immunoglobulin shot is given to
pregnant women who have Rh-negative blood.
You may have
Rh-negative blood, and your baby may have Rh-positive blood. If the two types of
blood mix, your body will make antibodies. This is called Rh sensitization.
Most of the time, this is not a problem the first time you're pregnant. But it
could cause problems in future pregnancies.
shot keeps your body from making the antibodies. You get the shot around 28
weeks of pregnancy. After the birth, your baby's blood is tested. If the blood
is Rh positive, you will get another shot. You may also get the shot if you have vaginal bleeding while you are pregnant or if you have a miscarriage. These shots
protect future pregnancies.
Women with Rh
negative blood will need this shot each time they get pregnant.
Rare side effects may include:
You may have other side effects not listed
here. Check the information that comes with your medicine.
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Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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