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June 28th, 2013, 09:11 AM
tela's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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did anyone have a baby with severe ABO incompatibility? i have O blood and DH has A. DS got his A blood and had "the most severe case of ABO incompatibility" that my local hospital had seen. his bili was a 26 at 3 days old and he had lost over 15% of his birth weight by that time. he was re-admitted to the ICU and put under triple light therapy and an IV. luckily we didn't have to be transferred to CHOP for an exchange blood transfusion (they initially told me to prepare for that). anyway, it's been almost 4.5 years, and i've blocked out a lot of what happened that first week of his life b/c it was scary! now that labor is imminent, i'm starting to get scared that this baby will have the same issues. it is what it is, and i'm trying to tell myself that we got through it before, so it will be easier this time since i know what to expect. but i'm also freaking out b/c i'd really like a healthy baby that i can just take home this time!
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June 28th, 2013, 11:42 PM
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Is there anyway they can tell before the baby is born if he will have this problem or you just have to wait and find out? Sounds very scary!
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June 29th, 2013, 07:57 AM
tela's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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They won't know until birth. I've been doing research, and I'm going to request that they take a cord blood sample to immediately type the blood and run a Coohns test. If the baby has A blood, they can get him under the lights sooner and lessen the severity. I'm still freaking out, but I need to be prepared! Plus there's a 50% chance he'll have O blood like me, and then he will be healthy!
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June 29th, 2013, 07:25 PM
Kiam's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I didn't even know this was a thing.

TBH, DH has never had his blood type tested, he had his first ever blood test during the IVF process and that was just for HIV, and trust me, that was an ordeal (needle phobia).
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