(Closed) needle phobia and pregnancy

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am deathly afraid of needles as to the point I pass out when drawing blood and they have to to use the butterfly (infant needle) on me.  Each time they had to draw blood or stick me with a needle I made them lay me down on a bed and had to look the other way and concentrate on not passing out.  (though funny enough I have 2 tats and survived those needles). 

By the end of my pregnancy/labor I was so used to needles it doesn’t phase me anymore.  I still make the them lay me down though.

There is quite a few needles done during pregnancy, my advice is to mentally block it each time they have to use a needle on you.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Blind fold and an Ipod πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It depends how fast your blood flows, to take blood prob a min to 5 min. Unless you are me and they can’t get the vein to pop open some so they prick me like 5 times… Undecided

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Depending on how good your Phlembotonist is and how many tubes you need, its only a few minutes. They get your arm prepped, find a good vein , then in , draw it out, then get out. Blood usually draws relatively quickly.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Usually about a minute for a blood draw; I had to have a ton of them my 2nd PG (first was a m/c), but normally, you’ll maybe have an intial blood draw early on, draws for your glucose test (and more if you fail it, which I did), blood work at the hospital when you’re in labor plus IV’s, etc. You really will get used to it.  I used to pass out with needles and now, like PP, it doesn’t even phase me.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a phlebotomist, so I poke people all day, every day.  I’ll give you a few tips to make it less painful, and honestly, I’ve poked little kids who didn’t know I actually stuck them.  It can be super fast, literally painless, if it’s done well.

1. Straighten your elbow all the way, like lock out your elbow.  Don’t bend your arm.  This pulls your skin a little tighter and can help keep your vein from “rolling”.

2. Ask them to please let the rubbing alcohol dry all the way.  Think about it- if you get a paper cut then use hand sanitizer, it burns like the fire of a thousand suns, right?  Well, it’s the same alcohol that they put on your arm to sanitize the area, so if they poke through wet alcohol, it’ll sting a lot more than it needs to.

3. DO NOT JUMP OR JERK!!  This will cause whoever is sticking you to potentially miss your vein and have to stick you again, or worse, stick themselves and then you have a whole mess of things to deal with (drawing extra blood for precautionary measures, etc)

Also, just as a note, when you see how many tubes they are going to take especially during your first visit, it is going to look like a LOT.  I can tell you that most of those tubes only hold about 3mL of blood, and there’s one tube that holds about 8mL… so it’s not a lot of blood.  When you add it all up, it’s probably barely more than a few tablespoons worth.  So, don’t stress about it, and remember, the person who will be sticking you is a paid professional.  You are not the first person who is afraid that they have ever or will ever encouter.  Calmly and politely express your fears, and ask if there’s anything YOU can do to help make their job easier (which in turn makes the process easier for you!!)

 

Congrats, by the way, and good luck πŸ™‚

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

After the initial prick, it shouldn’t hurt.  If you have a good phlebotomist (the person who draws your blood)  you shouldn’t feel the needle while the blood is being drawn.  Tatoos are infinitely more painful than getting your blood drawn, since you’re stuck over and over and over, and you obviosly got through those alright.  Once the needle is in it should only take a minute to fill up the tubes they will need to run any tests.  There are several blood tests that will need to be done throughout your pregnancy, but you won’t have to have a blood draw at each visit.  Let the phlebotomist know that you’re anxious, they will use a small needle and try to distract you, or make sure that they have an experienced person drawing your blood.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

honestly ive had my blood drawn every.single.time. ive been to the OB so far…they took out 5 vials the first time and 2 ever since….so there is a lot of it….you have to find a way to cope:(( I 2nd the ipod thing and laying down….maybe you should always take a friend with you to every appointment so you can chat with her while you get drawn?

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@meggyo:  If you lived closer I’d tell you to come on in!  Seriously, my own Grandma makes me draw her blood.  I love her dearly, but she is the crankiest ole bat I’ve ever met.  If she’s not bitching, she’s not breathing.  I work in a pediatric endocrinology clinic, so I’m busy poking babies & making toddlers cry, and in comes Gramma.  Lol, the desk staff just kind of laughs.  Oh, and I poke most of them for their annual labwork too! 

I’m not one to toot my own horn all that often, but I’m REALLY good at my job.  I am crazy fast, like if you blink you’ll miss the pinch.  If you’re ever in Richmond, hit me up πŸ˜›

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@meggyo:  I don’t know if I was quite as bad as you, but I used to pass out from time to time from blood draws. (I passed out when I had my ears pierced in 8th grade) Anyway, I just went through IVF and I’m completely cured of my needle issues. It hardly phases me. I’ve had a zillion blood draws in the last 1 1/2 years, plus three surgeries, then I had to give myself injections for IVF!! Now I’m pretty much a pro with needles. Here’s my tips: If you are going in the morning, be sure to drink quite a bit of water so you aren’t dehydrated. This prevents them from having trouble getting a vein. (means it will be quick and less painful!) Next, look to the side (the other way) and just talk to the nurse about anything. “What a nice day it is…” It really did help me to keep talking through the whole thing. Also, tell the nurse that you are nervous. If you are prone to fainting, be sure to tell them that so you can lie down. You will be fine!! I promise!!! πŸ™‚

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