I think it started when I was a child. I think some of my most traumatic memories were going to the Doctor and having to be held down to get a shot. Then when I got pregnant my fear of needles got worse. I never realized how much blood they take from pregnant women! Some trips to get blood drawn, I was shocked there was any left in my body when I left!
On my third pregnancy now, I have learned all the different vaccines, shots, tests, and other probes they want to do during pregnancy. With my second child, I opted out of a ton of them knowing that they weren’t really medically necessary for someone my age, and I found along the way I really just dodged more added stress I would have dealt with.
This time around, just like with my last son, a huge portion of my pregnancy is going to take place in the winter. Cold and flu season, if you will. Today I sit here writing this with a horrible cold already, so I figure I have one strike down.
A couple women I know who are also pregnant, and due in the months surrounding May asked whether or not I would be going for my flu shot. Two pregnancies already, and I can honestly say, I have never gotten the flu shot, or the flu when I was pregnant. Heck, my husband even ended up with H1N1 last year and he was the only one in the house to get sick. I guess we all got lucky!
I almost felt like an odd ball since I have no plan to go and get the flu shot. It is painful, I have never had one as long as I can remember, and I have successfully avoided the flu during my other two pregnancies, so why start now right? I am sure whichever provider I settle down with once i am done interviewing and checking out my options will suggest I have one. I am sure I am going to have to reply with some kind of snarky humorous statement like Over my dead body too.
More power to those who get them, but any needle I can avoid, I am going to!