Rhesus Factor; One Important factor to consider alongside your genotype. Over the years, there has been proper awareness on HIV status and blood group compatibility, which has led to a rapid decrease in the number of kids born with HIV and sickle cell, but there is another important factor that is being neglected by the masses and this is responsible for most women’s inability to conceive, or repeated miscarriage, after having their first child or abortion. Is this another heart-breaker that can stop me from getting married to the love of my life? Read on to find out.
WHAT IS THIS RHESUS FACTOR?
Rhesus factor is a protein that is found on some red blood cells, it is the second most important blood group system. The symbol Rh is often used. Rh-positive is used for carriers while Rh-negative is for people that don’t carry the protein. The rhesus factor of a mother and the father plays a role in the health of their unborn child, it is very important to take note of the rhesus factor during a blood-type test. The Rh factor can be passed from parents to children through the genes, it is inherited by the fetus from the mother or the father.
SHOULD I BE WORRIED IF I AM RH-NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE?
Being negative or positive doesn’t instigate illness and it doesn’t affect your health. However, it can affect the health of an unborn child. It is important for parents to check their compatibility before birthing a child. If the parents are Rh incompatible, that is the man and woman have different Rh factor, then there is a possibility for Rh incompatibility between the mother and her fetus. The problem can occur during pregnancy if there is Rh incompatibility between the mother and her fetus, that is the mother is Rh-negative and her fetus is Rh-positive.
HOW IS A FETUS AT RISK DUE TO RH INCOMPATIBILITY?
Rh incompatibility doesn’t cause any risk during the mother’s first pregnancy because there is no mixture of blood in the circulatory system during pregnancy. Blood mixture can occur during birth, bleeding during pregnancy, abortion, ectopic pregnancy, and miscarriage. The Rh protein in the fetus is recognized as a foreign substance in the mother’s body, so antibodies are produced to fight it. This becomes a problem during the mother’s second or consequence of pregnancy. The antibodies produced can cross the placenta and will attack the red blood cells of the Rh-positive fetus, causing the fetus red blood cells to swell and rupture, leading to anemia or death of the fetus.
WHAT DO I DO IN CASE OF RH INCOMPATIBILITY?
Awareness is the first treatment. If you are not ignorant of the Rh factor, it’s unlikely for you to be a victim of the crisis it causes. If you are reading this and you haven’t taken in before – congratulations!!! If you share this article, kudos to you for being a lifesaver. Get someone informed, Share this with a loved one, now!