Do you know your blood type? This is important to know when you become pregnant. If you are a positive blood type, this section does not pertain to you.
If you ARE a negative blood type, it is important to note that getting a shot called Rhogam after your abortion would be prudent. During pregnancy, problems can occur if you are blood type negative, but the fetus is positive. This is called RH incompatibility. The mother’s body will create antibodies to fight the negative pregnancy and could cause the death of the fetus.
To avoid this, a shot of RhoGAM will prevent the antibodies from forming that could create complications in future pregnancies. If you are RH negative, make a plan with a provider to get a shot of RhoGM within 72 hours after your abortion.
For more information on the RH factor, click HERE to read the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists overview.