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Pregnancy Related Diseases Becoming pregnant may not always be a planned occurrence especially when a woman is in college Things happen and when they do some may not know what to do next What several people do not realize also is that there are several things that can go wrong during a pregnancy and proper prenatal care is essential There are several types of diseases that occur only in pregnant women which is what many do not know about It is so important to be checked for these problems to maintain a proper diet and to see an OBGYN doctor throughout an entire pregnancy Three main concerns that a woman will be checked for during pregnancy are Rh Negative Blood Group B Strep and Gestational Diabetes Before being pregnant most women have never even heard of any of these things First if a woman has Rh negative blood her fetus could be at risk for health problems This happens when the fetus is Rh positive When the fetus is Rh positive the womans Rh negative antibodies will fight the Rh positive blood which causes Rh disease that can cause the fetus to lose blood cells or have other health problems Testing for this is simple one just gets a blood test early in the pregnancy If the test comes back showing Rh negative another test is done around week 28 to check for antibodies If the womans blood has not formed Rh antibodies treatment is given at that time which is an injection of RhoGam which prevents antibodies from forming RhoGam does no harm to the woman or the fetus The babys blood is tested again right after birth and if its positive the woman will be given RhoGam again within three days and usually the problem ends there Also the woman should know that the chance of forming Rh antibodies increases with each pregnancy so she should always keep up with testing Kilpatrick
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