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Has anyone had heparin injections after labour??

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Rara88Cas Sun 13-Sep-20 10:41:48

Just been told I will need them due to my bmi but worried about injecting myself! Anyone got any experience to reassure me?!

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Coldcough Sun 13-Sep-20 10:42:53

You can ask for your partner to be trained how to use them instead of you.

ivfbeenbusy Sun 13-Sep-20 10:47:11

I've given myself hundreds of injections due to IVF and being on clexane during pregnancy and after and honestly the fear of doing it is much worse than what it's actually like. Most partners dither a bit because they don't want to hurt you so it's easier, quicker, less painful to do yourself a lot of the time

Wonkydonkey44 Sun 13-Sep-20 10:51:50

Me after a c section . I’m not going to lie it wasn’t pleasant .

Spidey66 Sun 13-Sep-20 10:53:43

I had them after a hysterectomy. It wasn't too bad, but I'm a nurse anyway.

plixy Sun 13-Sep-20 10:59:15

I had them after a section. I'm terrified of needles and prone to passing out.
I wasn't told I would need injections until I was given a box of them as I left the hospital. I freaked out. They wouldn't even show my husband how to do it, said as I had been discharged they weren't allowed to.
The only thing that got me through doing it was the thought of getting a blood clot and leaving my baby without a mum.
I refused to let my husband do it in case he hurt me so ended up doing it myself.
The needles were quite short and didn't hurt too much but the actual liquid stings like mad. Won't lie - it hurt. But it has to be done so I just got it over with!

DontBeShelfish Sun 13-Sep-20 12:58:08

I did. Got my partner to do them. I don't remember them being particularly unpleasant but I did have a rough trot after my caesarean, so it may have just blended into the general awfulness. 😂

Lkb2020 Sun 13-Sep-20 15:38:30

I’m on them now during pregnancy as had a previous blood clot following surgery a while back. I get my partner to them for me as I’m ok with needles as long as I don’t look. I would get really worked up for the first couple of weeks before having them as they did sting quite a lot and cause lumps and bruising, however I just became used to having them and they seem to hurt a lot less now and the reactions have gone to a bare minimum. They really don’t bother me anymore!

Feetonthebeads Sun 13-Sep-20 15:43:12

I had them - they were fine. Hardly felt them.

JuneSpoon Sun 13-Sep-20 15:44:58

You just count down from 20 and it'll be done before you get to zero. First three times are unpleasant. Then it's grand.

Yukka Sun 13-Sep-20 15:52:19

I have a blood condition so had hem all through pregnancy and 6 weeks afterwards. It's a bit weird at first but you get used to it. Top tips:
Squeeze the flesh and stab the needle in, don't try to be gentle with it!
Keep holding the flesh until you've emptied the syringe then let go.
Don't rub afterward, this causes bruising.
It can sting a little bit not for long.
Use a different site each day to allow recovery.

Rara88Cas Sun 13-Sep-20 16:32:17

Thanks for all the brilliant advice! Feeling a bit calmer now!!

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Sertchgi123 Sun 13-Sep-20 16:35:48

I had to for six weeks. After the first few it gets easier. You inject into your belly fat, it’s a small needle and it just stings a bit.

Kodiak83 Sun 13-Sep-20 16:38:52

They are really not too bad. I had them after my second section. Just squeeze together the skin on your thigh and do it. It’s mildly nippy but such a short needle. I just cracked on with it first thing each day so I wasn’t worrying. Good luck!

Hillbillyhotel Sun 13-Sep-20 16:43:42

With my second I was instructed to do them in my belly fat, with my third an amazing nurse said that I could inject into my thighs (alternating between each leg) and the difference was incredible. I had to do 6 weeks due to bmi and I would never have coped if I was injecting into my stomach. It was so much less painful in the leg and I did them myself whereas I had to have my husband do the ones into my stomach. Definitely ask them to show you how to inject into the thigh!

eandz13 Sun 13-Sep-20 16:56:17

I was on clexane for a couple of weeks after birth and I'd compare it to a minor bee sting. It doesn't hurt, just a strange sensation the actual medicine gives off when it goes in, like a tingly stinging feeling in the area. I did it in my stomach, totally fine, small needle and not painful (and I'm scared of needles). Don't rub it as somebody else said, it feels as if it's bruised for a bit afterward.

Hurryupbaby11 Sun 13-Sep-20 16:57:07

Second doing them in the thigh if you can - found it hurt much less. And pinch a good section of skin before putting the needle in and release before taking it out (DH forgot to do the release bit the first time for me and really hurt!!)

omg35 Sun 13-Sep-20 16:58:03

I did after I had ankle surgery a few years ago. It was honestly fine. Pinch the fat and shove it in!

NameChangerinDespair Sun 13-Sep-20 23:04:19

I did them into my buttocks! Much less painful than tummy.

Dyra Mon 14-Sep-20 00:38:11

I did for a week or two post labour. Can't remember why though.

I found it easiest in my tummy. But then I could get a good pinch of flesh there, while my thighs weren't quite so co-operative. Plus I still had some horrendous bruises on my thighs from where I'd been jabbed by nurses on the ward.

Deep breath in, then exhale while you jab. Stay relaxed. Keep the needle at 90 degrees to the flesh. Smoothly in, then out. Don't hesitate. Do not rub it afterwards. Do them yourself. Remember it's not for too long.

Nix2020 Mon 14-Sep-20 00:42:40

I had to after a c section. I don't remember it hurting I jagged into my thigh. I did bruise badly after them but midwife said that was normal.

Lincs90 Mon 14-Sep-20 00:47:59

I couldn't do it, I'm bad enough with injections at the best of times. My husband did them for me.

bingandflop Mon 14-Sep-20 08:45:13

Me, dd is 7 days old. The best way is to not overthink it, grab a chunk of thigh and just get on with it. The stuff stings but the needle isnt too bad.i think the thought of it is actually worse than doing it and you get used to it quite quickly. I've been given 10 days worth

Rara88Cas Mon 14-Sep-20 09:14:17

Thanks everyone, my other half has said hes happy doing them, and now I've seen they are prepared for you I'm more chilled about them! The fun and games of pregnancy!

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