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If you panic and worry in the lead-up to an injection then I hope that today’s podcast will help you. It’s for those people with a fear of needles and injections.

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As someone who used to be utterly terrified of needles and injections, this is something that I’m all too familiar with. At my first very first midwife appointment, I couldn’t even concentrate on what she was saying because there was a needle on her desk that was destined for my arm at the end of our meeting and it completely freaked me out.

A fear of needles and injections is very common amoung pregnant women and often extends into other medical aspects such as hospital environments or vaginal examinations.  There is a condition known as white coat syndrome, which is when there is an increase in blood pressure in the presence of a doctor or when in a hospital setting, and a fear of needles and injections can make this worse. Many people choose to avoid medical or dental treatment because of their fear of needles and injections so this is quite a serious fear to have, but can be especially difficult for pregnant women.

Understanding your Fear of Needles and Injections

To help you overcome this fear it can be helpful to dif a bit deeper to understand what is going on.

  • Do you hide behind your hands when you see people having injections on TV?
  • Is it about seeing skin pierced?
  • Does the sight of blood make you fearful?
  • Is just looking at a needle difficult for you? Could you hold one?
  • Or is it the very thought of injections, when someone just mentions it?
  • Have you avoided giving blood because of your fear?

Try to get under the skin (bad pun I know!) of your fear so that you can better understand it. This will help you to clear it.

Once you’re clear on the nature of your fear – fear of needles, fear of blood etc – then you’re ready to tackle clearing your fear. You can use the 5 Step Head Trash Clearance Method – just grab your free copy below.

If you would prefer for me to take care of clearing your fear for you, I’ve created a Fearless Birthing Meditation specifically for the fear of needles and injections. You can find out more below.

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Once you have cleared the negative emotional baggage that is associated with the thought of needles and injections, you are able to open up your mind to the possibility that needles and injections don’t actually hurt and are OK really. Now, doesn’t that sound like a great place to be?

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Alexia Leachman

Alexia is the host of the Fear Free Childbirth podcast and the author of Fearless Birthing, Childbirth, Midwifery & the Media, and Clear Your Head Trash.

Alexia supports families planning pregnancy and birth. She helps them to overcome their fears and feel calm and confident about birth and pregnancy.

Alexia also trains birth professionals in the Fearless Birthing, a unique approach to birth preparation that is ideal for those who have fears around birth.
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