Scared, very nervous of 1st Doctor Appt.

Deirdre - posted on 03/11/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have just found out I am pregnant with the 1st child and i am very excited but nervous and scared. I have always had a fear of needles and well have never been able to get my blood drawn because of it.

Are there any ladies out there with some advice or input to what can help me though the blood draw/s?

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Elfrieda - posted on 03/13/2013

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Make sure you drink lots and lots beforehand so that your veins are full and easy for the nurse to stick the needle into without a lot of poking around. Also, after the needle you will probably start shaking, so bring a cookie or some sort of snack with some sugar in it to help your body handle the shock.

Firebird - posted on 03/11/2013

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I hate needles too. I literally have to be physically restrained in order to get any shots or blood draws done. When I was pregnant with my daughter, her dad had to sit on me and a nurse had to hold my arm down while I was getting my blood drawn.lol It was my idea, so it certainly wasn't traumatizing for me or anything, I just knew that if I could move, I'd run. They numbed up the spot they were going to stab with topical freezing gel, I had my headphones blaring tunes, and I was staring at a funny cat picture on the wall.

Think about what you can do to keep still and calm, and see how far the lab will go to help accommodate you to make it as easy as possible on everyone.

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Elfrieda - posted on 03/14/2013

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Yes, absolutely. If you CAN'T eat, they'll be sure to tell you several times. And you know what, you don't need to have the needles or do anything you don't want to do. The first blood test is just to see if you're actually pregnant, isn't it? Well, if you just wait an extra couple of weeks, you'll know for sure without any blood tests!

With my second pregnancy, I really used my "No, thanks" powers, just because I was a little more sure of myself and I had midwife care from beginning to end and they were much more "This is the normal routine. Would you like to do it?" :) I ended up having one needle to draw blood in the second trimester after drinking some very sweet juice to see if I had gestational diabetes, and only had to (chose to) open my legs once. (well, plus when the baby was actually coming out!) And if I had been thinking, probably I would have said no to that check, too. I was 7 cm dialated at the time, so I wasn't really thinking properly!

If you don't want to, just say, "No, thanks." Just because it's routine doesn't mean it's necessary. It's your body, your baby, and your choice. Do your homework and you can feel confident in making a different path than the norm. Or, just go with the flow, that's okay, too! I'm just letting you know that it's okay to keep control of what happens to you, because I didn't understand that in the first pregnancy and birth.

Deirdre - posted on 03/14/2013

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I will defiantly bring some snacks, Can you eat before the 1st appt. ? cause they didn't tell me anything

Deirdre - posted on 03/13/2013

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I was thinking about bringing my I-pod and my fiancee will defiantly be there so he may as well might have to sit on me too, Maybe i can find something to look at too (magazine...comic book,anything) not really any funny photos in my docs office. I will deal with shots if i have too but not very well to say the least. :)

Kelsey - posted on 03/11/2013

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I hated getting blood drawn at first, I would have panic attacks and start to hyperventilate. It got to point were I would start to see spots before my eyes. Eventually, I got over it. After getting blood drawn over ten times in one day because of low palate count which freaked out my doctor to no end. Now, I just cross my fingers for someone who knows how to find the vein on the first try. Apparently I'm one of those freaks that has low palates, small veins, and a slow bleeder.

My advice is, try looking away or counting down. Or have your partner make you laugh/distract you. One of the better memories with my ex is that he offered to strip down to distract me.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/11/2013

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I would just talk with the doctor about your fear. They may be able to help you. Possibly focus on something else during this time, have your significant other there distracting you and don't look. I never really understood this fear, but I know many people have it. you will have to get your blood drawn a couple of times during pregnancy, so somehow you will have to figure out a way to combat this.

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