Injection of an RhoGAM

A what? Yes, that's exactly what I said when my OB told me I needed one. I am Rh-negative (I found that out when I became pregnant). It does not effect my overall health or well-being, but it does matter if I'm pregnant. Roughly around 85% of the world's population is Rh-positive. The Rh-factor is a type of protein found on the surface of red blood cells. I was given this injection to protect my son because if he was Rh-positive and my immune system didn't recognize the protein on his cells, it would then attack and destroy whatever foreign substance it found, including my son.
The injection of the RhoGAM is to protect any positive cells my immune system locates, like that of my baby. My husband is Rh-positive. When one partner is negative and the other positive, it is known as Rh-incompatibility. If one parent is positive, it is likely the child will be as well.

The RhoGAM is an injection given in the...well, bottom. It isn't too painful. It is given to protect your unborn child and is given in early pregnancy. You may also have another after delivery of your child(ren).

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Melissa MiddletonPennington Gap, Virginia
    08/11/14
    I hate those things!!! Always makes me hurt.

    The last pregnancy they were able to give it my arm instead of butt.. Which was nice because then I could actually sit for the next hours. But I couldn't use my arm.. at all. They said I had a reaction to it but we decided the reaction was better than the alternative since hubby is RH positive.
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    08/11/14
    Melissa Middleton
    Yes, I had to sit with one cheek raised, but maybe due to my full-sized cushion, it didn't hurt too bad. Lol It's just embarrassing when I had to moon the nurses. Lol
    The things we endure for our children.
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    08/11/14
    LOL I didn't even think about that...they've seen worse than a butt. :) LOL
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    08/11/14
    Melissa Middleton
    Haha, Yes, they do.
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      08/11/14
      I also had to have RhoGAM. I was really irritated about it because I was bleeding and I just wanted to go home, but they had to keep me a while yet to make sure I didn't react to it.
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      08/11/14
      Melissa Middleton
      It's not fun, especially where it's injected into.
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      08/11/14
      Melissa Middleton
      I am A-negative and my son ended up being O-negative. My hubby is O-positive. They gave it to me earlier than 28 weeks. Maybe it depends on the doctor? The muscle area seems more painful. Ouch!
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      08/12/14
      I barely felt the injection! Just a slight burning when the medication went in. I went through a lot of more painful procedures to get pregnant, so that shot was next to nothing. It must depend on the doctor because I got my Rhogam and my glucose test done in the same week. I'm kind of thinking maybe my husband is negative as well, but we'll never know unless he gets a type test done. lol
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      08/12/14
      They made my ex get a blood test so we would know.
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      About Melissa Middleton
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      Mother of an active son, a precious baby girl, & a diva step-daughter (who lives with us). I am an artist, baker, organic gardener, frugal liver, & a Christian--happily married to my best-friend. Blogger at www.chasingwildhorses.com