Unfortunately I have a very forceful OB/GYN who doesn't ask me or listen to my concerns - for example, she does and plans to keep on doing an ultrasound every visit! Next visit in a few weeks time I'm going to try and be more assertive and hopefully stop her doing this. My main problem is that I have a terrible phobia of needles and she keeps giving me blood tests to do. I have nightmares and trouble sleeping the week of the test, I can't sleep the night before, and if it is done I feel very emotional afterwards and just sick to my stomache! It's just really stressful for some reason - it's not the pain of the needle, as that's not that bad, I just don't know why I react like this. And I don't tink this is helping my unborn baby at all. I'm hoping to do the bare minimal in blood tests required but don't know what they are. If anyone out there knows what is absolutely necessary could you please tell me? That way I can at least stand my ground against this doctor.
QLD, due 20 Aug. 2004