i have been wondering the same thing because i am very needle-phobic. it's easy for non-needle-phobes to say not to worry. lol. you can't understand unless you have the fear too.
during my first pregnancy, i had 2 blood draws during my pregnancy, and none while in labor. i remember that they tested for STDs and for anemia but don't remember much else. i am now pregnant again and plan to ask my midwife when i have my first appt what the blood test is for and what they do if there is a "bad" result before i get the blood test. you can refuse anything of course but if doing the test might find a problem that could then be treated, i think it's a good thing to do. now if they are testing for stuff and then there is nothing to be done about it, then i won't get the blood tests, but i'm pretty sure for like anemia for example, if you do have anemia then they will treat it and it can be really bad to have it untreated.
at 9:24 AM on Nov. 10, 2009