E Antibodies In Pregnancy

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Definition

Rh incompatibility is a condition that develops when a pregnant woman has Rh-negative blood and the baby in her womb has Rh-positive blood.


Alternative Names

Rh-induced hemolytic disease of the newborn


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

During pregnancy, red blood cells from the unborn baby can cross into the mother's bloodstream through the placenta.

If the mother is Rh-negative, her immune system treats Rh-positive fetal cells as if they were a foreign substance and makes antibodies...

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