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My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Opinionated: 12:27pm On Jun 01, 2018
By Aiso Temitope Kristy Osekafore

I got married 2007 and September 4th, 2008, I had my first baby at Airforce Hospital, Jos (10 days after my EDD). He was weak and all afforts to get the Nurses around to see to him proved abortive as they claimed he was perfectly okay. The doctor on ward round the following morning noticed he was having difficulty breathing and attended to him immediately. He was taken to the EPU and was placed on oxygen but he didn’t make it. He died 13 hours after birth…. And that was the beginning of struggles with pregnancy.

I got pregnant again the following year but miscarried and then again. This time, I carried the baby till 28 weeks until I stopped feeling movements. I rushed to the hospital and alas, she was dead. I was induced for three days before she came out. Oh, the jubilation.. like I had the baby alive.. The joy was that I was alive.

So many people told me to go to prayer houses. In fact, someone told me I had water spirits and my water husband doesn’t want me to have a “land baby”. Hmmm…

When I had my fourth pregnancy, I decided no more private hospitals (I, of course changed hospitals after the first) so I headed for JUTH (Jos University Teaching Hospital) where I was made to know I was O- (Rhesus Negative). Meanwhile, I have had this test over six (6) times before my fourth pregnancy but all came out positive. Hmm…, our medical system sha…

A woman with rhesus negative blood in pregnancy can be pregnant with a rhesus positive baby if the baby’s father is rhesus positive. If any of the baby’s blood enters the woman’s bloodstream, the woman’s immune system can develop antibodies (infection-fighting proteins) against the rhesus antigens. This is known as sensitisation. A transfer of blood can occur during birth, or if the woman has a bleed or an injury.

Production of the antibodies is not a problem in a first pregnancy, but when a woman with a rhesus negative blood type is pregnant next time with a rhesus positive baby, her antibodies can attack that baby’s red blood cells. This can result in a serious condition called haemolytic disease of the newborn, which leads to anaemia and jaundice in the baby.

Anti-D injection

If the woman is given an injection of a solution called ‘Anti-D’, it will ‘mop up’ any rhesus positive antigens, preventing production of antibodies against the baby. Anti-D injections reduce the risk of a rhesus negative woman becoming sensitised.

I was monitored and had to go through Cesarean Section two weeks before my EDD and took the Anti-D injection.

Long story short, I had 6 pregnancies (cause I had yet another miscarriage) and yes I have 2 lovely boys.

Ignorance makes us think medical problems are spiritual. As much as you pray, please seek medical help.

Source: My Challenges with Rhesus Factor in Pregnancy and How I Overcame It

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Opinionated: 12:29pm On Jun 01, 2018
A very powerful story that many aspiring couples and women can learn from.

Meanwhile, read more pregnancy tips here

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by brutal1(m): 4:22pm On Jun 01, 2018
FTC !
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by EmmyUrch: 4:23pm On Jun 01, 2018
Thank God

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by dechriscool(m): 4:23pm On Jun 01, 2018
Sorry for your losses.
You share some part of the blames for your misfortune while the medical facilities that managed your past pregnancies shared majority of the blames.
Habitual/recurrent miscarriages has multiple causes .Rhesus incompatibility is one of the causes.A good gynecologist would have adviced you appropriately, if you have seek for his/her services.
Doing a blood group/genotype test is one of the simplest laboratory investigations.The series of mixed up bordering on false result is what am still wondering.
Rhesus incompatibility is no longer a challenge in modern medical practices.It is a manageable medical situation.We should disabuse ourselves of superstious belief .

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Wellets50(m): 4:24pm On Jun 01, 2018
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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by pazob: 4:25pm On Jun 01, 2018
Ignorance makes us think medical problems are spiritual. As much as you pray, please seek medical help. on point

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by ND1243: 4:25pm On Jun 01, 2018
Good hmm antigen antibody rxn
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Xisnin(m): 4:26pm On Jun 01, 2018
Ogbanje spirit at work undecided
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Tobyarab(m): 4:26pm On Jun 01, 2018
Nice one. am happy for you. you have been through a lot. 6 pregnancies? God will see your kids through.
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by MrPresident1: 4:26pm On Jun 01, 2018
fhf
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Tajbol4splend(m): 4:28pm On Jun 01, 2018
Some people mistake spirituality for another thing, they don't know that spirituality is science because God created human beings with science, if there are miseries in spirituality, remember there are miseries in science too

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Nobody: 4:28pm On Jun 01, 2018
I'm happy for her. This is an eye opener which every lady should read and digest. I see many ladies of marriageable age who have even gone through the university system yet don't know their blood group, let alone their genotype.
Knowledge is power: I had known my blood group and genotype right from when I was 5yrs. When you have an educated mother, you can rest easy.

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Nobody: 4:28pm On Jun 01, 2018
Thank God for Science.

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Born2Breed(f): 4:29pm On Jun 01, 2018
Opinionated:
By Aiso Temitope Kristy Osekafore

I got married 2007 and September 4th, 2008, I had my first baby at Airforce Hospital, Jos (10 days after my EDD). He was weak and all afforts to get the Nurses around to see to him proved abortive as they claimed he was perfectly okay. The doctor on ward round the following morning noticed he was having difficulty breathing and attended to him immediately. He was taken to the EPU and was placed on oxygen but he didn’t make it. He died 13 hours after birth…. And that was the beginning of struggles with pregnancy.

I got pregnant again the following year but miscarried and then again. This time, I carried the baby till 28 weeks until I stopped feeling movements. I rushed to the hospital and alas, she was dead. I was induced for three days before she came out. Oh, the jubilation.. like I had the baby alive.. The joy was that I was alive.

So many people told me to go to prayer houses. In fact, someone told me I had water spirits and my water husband doesn’t want me to have a “land baby”. Hmmm…

When I had my fourth pregnancy, I decided no more private hospitals (I, of course changed hospitals after the first) so I headed for JUTH (Jos University Teaching Hospital) where I was made to know I was O- (Rhesus Negative). Meanwhile, I have had this test over six (6) times before my fourth pregnancy but all came out positive. Hmm…, our medical system sha…

A woman with rhesus negative blood in pregnancy can be pregnant with a rhesus positive baby if the baby’s father is rhesus positive. If any of the baby’s blood enters the woman’s bloodstream, the woman’s immune system can develop antibodies (infection-fighting proteins) against the rhesus antigens. This is known as sensitisation. A transfer of blood can occur during birth, or if the woman has a bleed or an injury.

Production of the antibodies is not a problem in a first pregnancy, but when a woman with a rhesus negative blood type is pregnant next time with a rhesus positive baby, her antibodies can attack that baby’s red blood cells. This can result in a serious condition called haemolytic disease of the newborn, which leads to anaemia and jaundice in the baby.

Anti-D injection

If the woman is given an injection of a solution called ‘Anti-D’, it will ‘mop up’ any rhesus positive antigens, preventing production of antibodies against the baby. Anti-D injections reduce the risk of a rhesus negative woman becoming sensitised.

I was monitored and had to go through Cesarean Section two weeks before my EDD and took the Anti-D injection.

Long story short, I had 6 pregnancies (cause I had yet another miscarriage) and yes I have 2 lovely boys.

Ignorance makes us think medical problems are spiritual. As much as you pray, please seek medical help.

Source: My Challenges with Rhesus Factor in Pregnancy and How I Overcame It


Thanks Op. This is an eye opener.

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Ade3000yrs(m): 4:29pm On Jun 01, 2018
Hmmm
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by sheunpompey1: 4:30pm On Jun 01, 2018
Very true....
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by DWJOBScom(m): 4:30pm On Jun 01, 2018
Thank God for science and to every woman out there pregnant - God will not forsake you!

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Katier00(f): 4:31pm On Jun 01, 2018
I am rhesus negative too and I always take my anti-D injections after child birth or miscarriage. We need to enlighten people about rhesus factors and how it can affect childbirth. This simple knowledge can make a lot of difference

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by tomdon(m): 4:31pm On Jun 01, 2018
To God be glory
Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Nobody: 4:33pm On Jun 01, 2018
Enlightening.

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by linearity: 4:37pm On Jun 01, 2018
Katier00:
I am rhesus negative too and I always take my anti-D injections after child birth or miscarriage. We need to enlighten people about rhesus factors and how it can affect childbirth. This simple knowledge can make a lot of difference

I thought a Rhesus -ve lady takes the anti-D before and not after childbirth?

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by SalamRushdie: 4:39pm On Jun 01, 2018
Rhogam to the rescue ... Rhesus factor is mechanism put in by nature to stop two non compartible breed for from breeding but as human beings we refuse to abide ..

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Sharon6(f): 4:39pm On Jun 01, 2018
All thanks to science we now know the solution to this is Rhogan injection.





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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Willybos(m): 4:41pm On Jun 01, 2018
Anti "D" is called Inj. Rhogam 3000iu start. I fink is up to #32000.

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Saintmary(f): 4:42pm On Jun 01, 2018
EsotericMonk:
This is an eye opener which every lady should read and digest. I see many ladies of marriageable age who have even gone through the university system who don't know their blood group, let alone their genotype.
Health awareness should come before slaying awareness.
Which university does not do series of medical tests for freshers. You just want to bash ladies right?

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by otswag(m): 4:45pm On Jun 01, 2018
Enlightening story. Thanks for sharing this

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Katier00(f): 4:49pm On Jun 01, 2018
linearity:


I thought a Rhesus -ve lady takes the anti-D before and not after childbirth?
my doctor said unless if there is any case of threatened abortion or spotting that an anti-D injections can be administered at the first trimester of pregnancy. Had my shots after delivery with my first and second then at six weeks with I miscarried

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Re: My Challenges With Rhesus Factor In Pregnancy And How I Overcame It by Switup: 4:54pm On Jun 01, 2018
Katier00:
I am rhesus negative too and I always take my anti-D injections after child birth or miscarriage. We need to enlighten people about rhesus factors and how it can affect childbirth. This simple knowledge can make a lot of difference
honestly ladies need o be enlightened about this. i have a nurse friend who told me about this but i didn't take it seriously then cus i felt she was boring me with her nurse tales

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