Blood type compatibility

Question

Hi, me and my girlfriend are thinking about making a baby. Does it matter if we have compatible blood types? Should this be a concern?

Answer

Last Updated: July 3, 2013
You do not need to be concerned about compatibility of blood types in planning a pregnancy. Incompatibility of Rh factor could necessitate additional care, but modern medicine offers good treatment options for this problem. Good prenatal care is essential.

I congratulate you for thinking about your physical health even before being pregnant. It is wise for a woman who may become pregnant to be taking pre-natal vitamins, even before conceiving, so that she receives adequate doses of folic acid. Other lifestyle changes are sometimes indicated as well, to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, including eliminating intake of alcohol or drugs, and consulting with a physician re: any prescribed medications and their advisability in pregnancy.

These considerations can improve the health of the mother, and the baby.

Besides being concerned about physical health, relational health is also very important in preparing for pregnancy. A baby is forever, and unless the relationship is, it might be good to reconsider engaging in sexual relations, which of course can bring a baby into an impermanent relationship. Perhaps there is something holding you back from marrying your girlfriend—-age, finances, or uncertainty about committing for life at this time. If those are barriers right now to entering into a permanent relationship with your girlfriend, they are at least of equal significance in considering inviting a child into this relationship.

Thanks for visiting our website! I wish you well!

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