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Anti D injection tomorrow - googled and scared myself....

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LJHH Mon 02-Jun-14 15:12:24

So I'm a massive needle wuss, I have my 28 week appt tomorrow, was mentally prepared for the bloods i'm not as much as a baby with those now but the midwife sprung the Anti D jab on me (I'm B Minus I think) So I naturally googled and there was loads of posts saying it was really painful and the needle was huge. Cue massive panic.

Is it really that bad??!

StillaChocoholic Mon 02-Jun-14 15:14:59

Mine stung slightly but not for long. Wasn't much worse than the flu jab. Didn't hurt after at all either. Try not to worry.

Lorgy Mon 02-Jun-14 15:15:24

I'm needle phobic too and have always found it fine and pain free. Blood tests scare me more as I have rubbish veins. You will be fine, promise!

Lanabelle Mon 02-Jun-14 15:19:58

haha it goes in your behind so you wont even see the needle, it is a bit stingy but its not unbearably painful or anything, you will be fine. Oh and fab on the rare blood type, I'm Oneg so universal donor.

LJHH Mon 02-Jun-14 15:20:51

This makes me feel better, thank you!
It doesn't help that I haven't had a jab since the BCG at school and up until I was pregnant, I hadn't ever had a blood test - God knows how I managed to swerve needles til now!

goofygoober Mon 02-Jun-14 15:22:15

I had one in my behind (barely felt it), and a top up in my arm - much more painful - less flesh ha ha! If they ask where you want it, choose the former. Not that bad though, don't worry!

LJHH Mon 02-Jun-14 15:23:23

It goes in your bum??!! Oh lordy.....

museumum Mon 02-Jun-14 15:28:02

I don't remember any pain. Far less sore than the whooping cough or holiday vaccinations.

StillaChocoholic Mon 02-Jun-14 15:30:00

Both of mine went in my arm so you might not have to have one in your bum.

LJHH Mon 02-Jun-14 15:39:00

I have to have the whopping cough too, I'm being turned into a human pin cushion - my poor OH gets dragged to all the pointy midwife/dr appts, poor man
(This is the only thing I get myself in a tizz about, I'm honestly not that much of a baby)

Lanabelle Mon 02-Jun-14 15:45:04

Its NOWHERE near the BGC on any scale, needle is smaller, pain is less and the aftermath doesn't last anything like as long.

duchesse Mon 02-Jun-14 15:52:18

It's not that huge, it doesn't take long and it's really worth preventing the disease.

LJHH Mon 02-Jun-14 16:20:50

I'll man up smile

duchesse Mon 02-Jun-14 16:24:22

I've had about 10 of them over the years. You'll have to have another after the birth, and also if you have a bleed between now and then. An uncle of mine died at birth from rhesus disease so I feel immensely grateful that they can prevent it now. (AB- here!)

Pobblewhohasnotoes Mon 02-Jun-14 17:46:49

I've had it twice, both in my arm. The needle is ok, the medicine stings a bit but it doesn't take long.
It's really not that bad, honest! And I don't like needles either.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Mon 02-Jun-14 17:47:28

Ooh I'm AB- too duchesse, we are rare!

CheckpointCharlie Mon 02-Jun-14 17:53:09

I used to ask the nurse to smack my bottom really hard first. grin
They looked at me like hmm but it worked.

Do that, I dare you.

Borttagen Mon 02-Jun-14 17:53:32

It's not that painful but you don't need to get it while pregnant unless you have a fall/bump. Lots of countries don't give it during pregnancy as a routine thing, including Sweden and Ireland. I had it during pregnancy and after birth in UK but only after birth here in Sweden as had no falls etc.

autumnboys Mon 02-Jun-14 17:59:20

O neg here, too.

Do you know your OH's blood type? I packed mine off to give blood as he'd lost his old blood card and neither he or his mum could remember what his blood type was. My consultant had reluctantly admitted that if we were both Neg, the baby definitely would be and the anti-D would be pointless. As it was, DH is O pos, so I had to woman up and have the jab. It did sting, but wriggling my toes as the mw advised helped a lot.

LBNM19 Mon 02-Jun-14 18:59:22

I am a negative have had anti d once so far with this pregnancy it's really not bad, just don't look at the needle, I don't. Xx

Longdistance Mon 02-Jun-14 19:05:22

I've had them in my bum. I rather the mw jabbed me in my ample bum than my arm tbh. I can't see it then.

I'm an A recess negative??

LJHH Mon 02-Jun-14 19:09:25

Ha! That's amazing, the midwife already thinks I'm mental as it is, when I had my booking bloods (and first ever blood test) I saw the needle, panicked big time and her and my OH were trying to take my mind of it so were talking to me about what I was having for dinner (like I was a child) she was like, ooohhhh pie! What flavour? And my poor man was saying chicken and oohhh we're having mash AND carrots.
It was ridiculous, makes me laugh and cringe when I think about it smile

Spottybra Mon 02-Jun-14 19:13:05

It's no worse than a holiday injection. I had one once that made my arm ache for ages. The anti d stings but that's it. I'm a wuss too. I had to have extra anti d's in my first pregnancy because of accidents (don't fall down in the snow or let a martial artist persuade you it's ok to just hold hand pads).

Minesril Mon 02-Jun-14 19:33:49

Mine went in my upper arm, not my behind!
I'm not phased by needles at all. Midwife told me to 'look away' but I can never resist having a peek. When she was pulling this massive needle back out of my arm I started giggling.

I think she thought I was weird.

Dayshiftdoris Mon 02-Jun-14 19:36:57

I used to give this... A lot...

It can go in arm or bottom... Arm preferred as the absorption is better...

Needle for arm small in length than bottom (more fat on a bum)

It's a thicker solution so you do feel it but I never had anyone cry, faint, vomit, hit me or not say 'Thank You' grin

And I did HUNDREDS....

You will be fine smile

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