Thursday, April 15, 2010

{OB Update}

Ryan and I had our 21 week check up yesterday and it looks like everything is GREAT! My doctor seems to not be too worried at all about my Partial Placenta Pervia. We, of course, will be following up with an ultrasound at 28 weeks to see if the placenta has moved to where is should be. I have a feeling that it will be where it needs to be because I feel like Reegan has move a little further up in my tummy. :) The only new development is that I have to have a RhoGam shot because I am O+ blood type and Ryan is A- blood type. An explanation of the issue and the purpose of the shot can be seen below. It's basically for Reegan's safety and also so I don't have any complications with future pregnancies.

Early in your pregnancy your blood will be tested to determine your blood type and your Rh status — that is, whether you have the Rh (Rhesus) factor, a protein that most people have on the surface of their red blood cells. If you do have the Rh factor, as most people do, your status is Rh-positive. (About 85 percent of Caucasians are Rh-positive, as are 90 to 95 percent of African Americans and 98 to 99 percent of Asian Americans.) If you don't have it, you're Rh-negative, and you'll need to take certain precautions during your pregnancy.

If you're Rh-negative, there's a good chance that your blood is incompatible with your baby's blood, which is likely to be Rh-positive. You probably won't know this for sure until the baby is born, but in most cases you have to assume it, just to be safe.

Being "Rh-incompatible" isn't likely to harm you or your baby during this pregnancy, if it's your first. But if your baby's blood leaks into yours (as it can at certain times during pregnancy and at birth), your immune system will start to produce antibodies against this Rh-positive blood. If that happens, you'll become "Rh-sensitized" — and the next time you're pregnant with an Rh-positive baby, those antibodies may attack your baby's blood. Fortunately, you can avoid becoming Rh-sensitized by getting an injection of a drug called Rh immune globulin whenever there's a chance that your blood has been exposed to your baby's blood.
So I am scheduled to get my shot in just over a week. I am not thrilled about it but I definitely want to make sure that Reegan and my future lil Hardings are safe...SO IT IS A MUST! The joy of parenthood, it's all worth it and I thank God everyday for our baby and that we have been blessed with a fairly easy pregnancy.
xo- {Rache}

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