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What happens if your blood test shows that you are Rh-negative, and already have Rh antibodies?

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If your blood test shows that you’re Rh-negative, and already have Rh antibodies, your doctor may want to do an amniocentesis to find out if your baby is Rh-positive. At this point, the Rho(D) immune globulin medicine can’t do anything to help. Your doctor will need to keep a close eye on your baby’s health, watching for signs of Rh disease.

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: “Rh incompatibility.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “The Rh factor: How it can affect your pregnancy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How is Rh incompatibility treated?” “How is Rh incompatibility diagnosed?” “What is Rh incompatibility?” “Who is at risk for Rh incompatibility?”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 27, 2016

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: “Rh incompatibility.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “The Rh factor: How it can affect your pregnancy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How is Rh incompatibility treated?” “How is Rh incompatibility diagnosed?” “What is Rh incompatibility?” “Who is at risk for Rh incompatibility?”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 27, 2016

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