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29/05/2013 at 11:46
I have a severe phobia of bloods and needles, my veins collapse and it normally takes an anethnetist to take my bloods as my veins/phobia/reactions are that bad... I am petrified of needles litterally.. I don't mind injections but bloods are a different thing altogether. How many blood tests am I likely to expect? xxx
29/05/2013 at 12:01
At least three.
I had one at booking in, one at my 12 week scan and have had 1 at 28 weeks.
However, I'm also rhesus negative so have had to have 3 anti-D injections (had bleeding at 12 weeks, a fall at 25 and then routine jab at 28) as well as the Whooping cough vaccine.
I absolutely hate blood tests and needles too, but have found that midwives are really understanding and have asked to lie down each time and made sure I've eaten beforehand.
Also it's worth remembering that during pregnancy your blood volume increases by 30% so it's actually easier for them to take blood/get a vein x
29/05/2013 at 12:10
Thank you, I just have such a severe phobia of needles I actually get up and walk away. xx
29/05/2013 at 12:54
at my booking i had one but they check for like 10 different things xx
29/05/2013 at 13:04
Thank you xxx
29/05/2013 at 13:54
your welcome hope your okay x
29/05/2013 at 15:23
I have my thrid midwife appointment next week, but upto now iv only had one lot taken & that was at my first scan.
Hope everyone is okay x
30/05/2013 at 12:51
I had my midwife appointment and it wasn't that bad.. he found my vein straight away. xx
02/06/2013 at 19:11
It is worth getting the phobia treated. Phobias are generally quite easy to get rid off. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnotherapy are very good. (Ideally get a therapist who is trained in both).
My husband used to specialise in phobias and treated a lady who had a phobia of blood, needles and hopsitals. It only took 2 one hour sessions and the phobia was gone. A year later she got pregnant and had no issues with the blood tests or hospital.
03/06/2013 at 09:24
I too have a phobia of needles but you learn to accept that the needles come with the pregnancy. I will confess that I did have to insist that I was laying down rather than sitting each time I received one.
My eldest daughter I had a bloodtest at 8wks into term to test for Rubella/Aids/HIV & my blood group. I had another at 12wks alongside my dating scan to test for Downs Syndrome. I then had one at 28wks into term to check for iron levels/anaemia & I also received an Anti-D jab as I'm rhesus negative (note if you need anti-d it is less painful to receive in your bottom than in your arm/leg). I then had a blood test to check my antibodies at 36wks & received another Anti-D jab. I then had a final blood test & Anti-D jab after baby was born.
My youngest I had a bloodtest at 6wks into term to test for Rubella/Aids/HIV again. I had another at 12wks to test for Downs Syndrome again. I had Anti-D at 13wks as I had light bleeding throughout my 1st Trimester. I had another bloodtest for iron levels & a second Anti-D jab at 28wks. As my iron levels were low I had tablets & had a 'follow up' bloodtest at 32wks to re-check they had improved. I then had a final bloodtest/Anti-D jab after baby was born.
Coincidentally, it doesn't get any easier dealing with your phobia when you have to watch your baby receiving Vitamin K jabs at just a few minutes old, having a 'heal prick test' at a few days old & then taking them for their routine immunisations (& there are plenty of them with you having to hold baby & pretend you're not scared so baby doesn't pick up on your fear). When the time comes don't be afraid to ask for support if you feel you need it.
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