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Needle phobia

Ugh, does anyone else on here have a needle phobia? Im 5wks and this is baby #2 for me... The first apt blood draw scares me so bad...  With my last pregnancy while they were drawing blood I had a seizure from how terrified I was.... Any advice? Lol.
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This is my 5th baby and I'm still afraid of needles but what helps me is I turn away and I tell them not to warn me when they are gonna stick me with the needle helps me a lot I hope it helps you
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Have someone go with you. You close your eyes. Tell the nurse not to tell you anything. And you close your eyes and have the person with you just talk to you or you just talk to them.
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I am 31 years old and quite heavily tattooed all over my body but yet the thought of needles or getting blood tests still makes me feel faint & squeamish!! I'm almost 9 weeks and just had an appointment with my midwife. She gave me the date for my blood tests next week (which I'll be going to alone) & I warned her I'm terrible around needles. She laughed and assumed I'd be easy cuz of all my ink... unfortunately, they are 2 very different types of needles. I guess I'm going to poked and probed enough of the next few months I'd better get myself used to this.  
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Terrified of needles. I, too, once passed out and had a seizure while having blood drawn. I was diagnosed as having syncope. My secret now is to eat something high  in iron before having  the blood drawn. I bring potato chips with me. And after its drawn, I don't get up right away. I chill out for 15-20 minutes and eat my potato chips.
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Also, bring a party blower (the kind that are curled and uncurl when you blow them).  Blow on it from the time she begins to come your way to the time she pokes you and you're done.  It is so ridiculous that it makes you laugh, which makes it much harder to be frightened.  You feel a little ridiculous, which is also a good antidote.
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I hate needles as well this is my second baby I've been getting better about them until I had two veins blown out when I was in early labor. So my anxiety was high during labor, I just focus on something while I'm being poked it helps me deal.
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Thank you so much guys! You all gave me some good things to think about and I feel a little more at ease! Wish me luck all!
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Just an update! I got my blood drawn and it went fine! I literally got someone that was good and what they did and they talked me through it!
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I tell them then I ask to lay down. I look away and close my eyes and stay there until I feel good to get up :)
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I'm terrified of needles too, just try to breath and do not look at anything the tech is doing. Sing the abc's or something,any thing to take your mind away from what's happening. And remember it will be over before you know it.You'll be fine.

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