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What does antibodies in blood mean when pregnant?
Last Updated: 12th April, 2020
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Besides, what causes antibodies in blood during pregnancy?
Rhesus disease is a condition where antibodies in a pregnant woman's blood destroy her baby's blood cells. It's also known as haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN). Rhesus disease doesn't harm the mother, but it can cause the baby to become anaemic and develop jaundice.
Subsequently, question is, can antibodies harm my baby? In most cases the baby is not harmed. However, certain antibodies, particularly if they are strong, could destroy your baby's red cells. The antibodies remain in the mother's blood and they may also damage the red cells of a subsequent baby, if he or she has the same blood group as the first.
Similarly, it is asked, what happens if you have antibodies during pregnancy?
The antibodies kill Rh-positive red blood cells. If you become pregnant with an Rh-positive baby (fetus), the antibodies can destroy your fetus's red blood cells. This can cause anemia.
What does it mean to have antibodies in the blood?
Antibodies are proteins made by your body to attack foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. Red blood cell antibodies may show up in your blood if you are exposed to red blood cells other than your own.