Q: Good morning Dr. Please regarding the rhesus factor issue, since I am A+ and my husband is negative, can it still affect us? Can Rhesus factor occur? Because 2 weeks ago, I lost a 6-month pregnancy. Scan said the baby had brain damage. Thanks.
A: Condolences on the loss of your baby! I can’t imagine what it must have felt like going through this experience twice.
But….don’t give up! You can still have a baby.
Unfortunately, often times, the cause of a miscarriage is not identified. You need to understand this so that you don’t blame yourself unduly. Having said that though, first trimester miscarriages are mainly due to problems with the baby/fetus. These problems could be due to problems with the placenta. This is how the baby receives its nutrients in the womb and so, if this organ cannot deliver, a miscarriage might occur. There may also be a problem with the baby’s chromosomes, such that a baby may receive too many or too few genetic materials or there may be a damaged egg/sperm. Other associated risk factors include smoking and drinking alcohol, being overweight, malnutrition, increased maternal age, trauma and drug abuse. By the way, trimester is 3 months of pregnancy. So, first trimester refers to the 1st three months, 2nd trimester, the 2nd three months and 3rd trimester, the last three months
To try for a pregnancy again, remember to ensure there is unprotected sexual intercourse at least three times a week with ejaculation of sufficient amounts of semen. You should start with folate supplements as soon as you can to prepare yourself and baby for the journey ahead.
To prevent a recurrence, focus on ensuring that you stay healthy and do not indulge in harmful habits like smoking and excessive alcohol drinking. Other helpful tips include eating healthy, keeping weight within normal parameters, avoiding trauma and not abusing drugs.
In addition, as soon as you get pregnant again, register for antenatal as soon as possible and keep to your appointments religiously. You should also contact your obstetrician, even if you’re not due for an appointment, if at any time you suspect something may be wrong with your baby.
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The good news is, since your husband is the one who is Rhesus negative, none of your babies will be affected by Rhesus incompatibility.
Have a great night, people 😀