Update: I was running a fever last night, so maybe my symptoms are due to a viral infection instead of to an effect of the blood work. I would like to think that 6 tubes or about 60 ml of blood won't have an effect on a person (my midwife said it wouldn't), but I dunno. I have to imagine it at the very least didn't help.
Yesterday I had my first appointment with my midwife (ultrasound looked great, yay!) and got the standard first-trimester bloodwork. I've felt pretty lousy for the past couple of weeks... but yesterday afternoon/evening/night and today I've felt like twelve more kinds of crap than usual. I think part of it is probably due to having so much blood taken. They took 6 tubes to do various tests--which probably isn't a lot for someone who is feeling fine, and in my first trimester with my daughter I had the bloodwork before I started feeling crummy and didn't have any incident--but I think that's a lot for someone who is already struggling. And most of those tests, like the STD tests, probably could have been delayed without incident. I discussed all the tests with my midwife and am cool with having them all done, but if I had known I'd feel like this, I'd have asked which ones were really important now and which ones could be delayed. I suspect only the CBC to check for anemia is really all that important at this time.
I don't know that the blood draw was definitely what caused me to feel this bad, but if you're going in for a blood draw and you already feel crummy, think it over a little.
Edited by erigeron - 6/28/13 at 6:18am