Had my booking in appt today and she had trouble getting bloods,tried both arms,I'm black and blue! Got to go to the hospital next week now to have it done. Don't remember it been trouble before. Anyone else had this problem?xx
During my last pregnancy I was having tests about 3 times a week because of preeclampsia. My veins gave up. They tried my hands, my wrists, etc, etc. The problem is they have to get that blood. The worst occasion was a med student who didn't want to go back to whomever he was reporting to. He would not give up! I had huge bruises on both arms. In the end the midwife shooed him away and called in the "vampire" midwife who pulled the strap ridiculously tight and used a very fine needle. My best advice is to warn them you're tricky. They'll probably find their best blood taker and the process should be a little easier.
Yes my midwife was useless! Had to send me to the hospital blood centre. Majorly inconvenient as it’s nowhere near work or home and I had to take 2 hours off work. Not the best when you are trying to convince your bosses that pregnancy won’t damage your role.
I normally have a decent vein in one arm but at booking in the midwife couldn't find it so used a butterfly on the back of my hand. Have to say I actually preferred it, and I am in no way scared of needles.