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fragmin/blood thinning injections?

(11 Posts)
bippitybopityboo Tue 29-Mar-16 06:47:41

I'm 24+6 and have my 24 week appointment today. I am overweight and have been told I have quite sticky blood. Both reasons why I have been prescribed 75mg aspirin from 12 week's.
I have recently been getting numbness and 'pins and needles' in my arms and legs alot which is something I will mention today.
However I am sooo frightened that I will need to have fragmin (I'm sure they're called something else too?) I have been told I will need them for 1 week once baby is born but I just can't bare the thought of injecting myself for the next few months daily. I have been told they can be very painful and I am so scared of needles, I wouldn't be able to let DH jab me either. But will obviously do what is needed to ensure baby is healthy!
I think basically what I am asking is if there's anyone using fragmin who can offer any advice or reassurance sad

MyDarlingWhatIfYouFly Tue 29-Mar-16 07:02:28

I had to inject it for 5 days after my ds was born.

It stings a little, but it's really not horrifically painful or anything - I'm really not a fan of needles either, I usually faint during blood tests.

Please don't spend your time worrying about it. I know it's not a pleasant thought if you don't like needles, but really it's a small amount and it's over in a couple of seconds. I'd pretty much forgotten about it until your post.

eurochick Tue 29-Mar-16 07:06:43

It's also called clexane. They sting but only for a short time.

pitterpatterrain Tue 29-Mar-16 07:07:17

I hate needles but needs must

My DH did the injections post birth - I hid with a pillow over my face

tigerdog Tue 29-Mar-16 07:07:24

I had to use it in my IVF cycle for a couple of weeks. It's a bit of a sting but ultimately not that bad. Once you get used to the idea of injecting and you've practiced a bit, it becomes much easier. You'll be fine I'm sure. Good luck!

Drinksforeveryone Tue 29-Mar-16 07:15:28

I haven't had to use the blood thinners during pregnancy (as at the time didn't know that I had a blood condition!).

However after having dvts I have had to use Fragmin injections. It is a little stingy but soon over. It's a v short needle so pretty easy to do. Just don't rub the site straight afterwards - it can bruise.

Don't worry - you will be too busy enjoying your new baby anyway smile

Seekingmiracles Tue 29-Mar-16 07:52:24

I've had to use Fragmin from bfp, will have to use until 36 weeks and then 6 weeks after birth. The thought is way worse than the reality. Granted I don't have a needle phobia but having to inject yourself for the first time is horrible. However, it does get easier. I can now virtually do it with my eyes closed. Sometimes it hurts, others I can barely feel it. It does sting a bit as the liquid goes in but it settles within about 30 seconds.
Just think about the reason you're having to use it, it's for the sake of your baby. That will get you through. Try not to worry about having to go on it - it's really not that bad. You'll be ok x

cherrytree63 Tue 29-Mar-16 07:56:46

A tip for all you self injectors... Make sure the bevel of the needle is facing up and it stings less!

bippitybopityboo Tue 29-Mar-16 08:30:12

Thankyou to you all for your lovely reassuring words and advice! I will just have to be brave and hopefully from the 1st it will get easier! flowers

Frank85 Tue 29-Mar-16 11:07:56

I was on for 3 months as part of my IVF treatment
Honestly the needle is so thin, after a few days you can barely feel it you get used to it quite quickly

FrizzyNoodles Tue 29-Mar-16 11:21:19

I had to have them for a week post birth. I faint at a picture of a needle so my partner had to do them for me. It's just a tiny jab and much better than the treatment required if you get a clot. We're not getting on so well at the moment but I didn't feel a thing and he didn't leave a mark. Get your dh to do it the midwife will go through it with him xxx

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