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).
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.
The things we endure for our children.