pepomntpat: GhostMonkey: pepomntpat:
Yes. You just get a Rhogam shot around 28 weeks, after birth and any time you have any bleeding to prevent you from making antibodies. It is not usually an issue.
I had two bleeding episodes during my pregnancy and was not given
Rhogam for either as it was determined it was my blood. No antibodies.
would honestly be looking for a new doctor if mine was dumb enough to
tell me that being Rh- meant I would be high risk for future pregnancies. 40 years ago that was
true. Now? No. That's just stupid and ignorant.
Okay. I guess I should rephrase that to say if the bleeding is either of undetermined origin or that it was determined mom's and baby's blood mixed. All the bleeding I've ever had was undetermined so we erred on the side of caution.
You are right that it certainly does not create a high risk pregnancy. I think the OP probably misinterpreted what the doctor said though. Likely it was the correct information that in a first pregnancy there is almost no risk, but in future pregnancies there is a higher risk of antibodies being created that could harm the baby if there was sensitization previously. That is obviously not he same as being high risk.
My OB also erred on the side of caution with my first pregnancy and I got Rhogam when I spotted and then every 12 weeks from that point on until delivery and then after delivery when DD was determined to be RH+. This pregnancy I had a small amount of spotting at 6 weeks and the same OB decided I didn't need it because I was too early on for antibodies to form. They did do a blood draw a couple of weeks later when I switched OB's, because that OB said they would've erred on the side of caution and would have given me the Rhogam despite being early. Thankfully, my blood contained no antibodies, so unless I have any more spotting, I'll get the shot at 28 weeks and again after delivery if this baby is RH+.
OP- It's no big deal to be RH negative. The shot takes away any risk to your current baby (in the instance of bleeding this pregnancy) or future babies when your blood mixes with this baby's blood during delivery.