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My Battle with Hyperemesis Gravidarium

As many of you know, I’m pregnant with our second! We are super excited, but I have to admit, this pregnancy has been extremely hard on me.

After spending almost two full weeks in bed with non stop puking and not being able to keep any food or water down, I finally went into the ER for help. And I’m so glad I did.

Turns out I’ve got Hyperemesis Gravidarium, which for those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s an extreme case of morning sickness that 1% of pregnant women experience. (Lucky me!)

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a pregnancy complication that is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and possibly dehydration.[1] Signs and symptoms may also include vomiting many times a day and feeling faint.[2] Hyperemesis gravidarum is considered more severe than morning sickness.[2] Often symptoms get better after the 20th week of pregnancy but may last the entire pregnancy duration.[2]

Once there, they quickly diagnosed me and started treating me. They hooked me up to an IV and gave me FOUR bags of fluids and sugar water. I also had to take some anti nausea medicine (zofran) to help me from throwing up. I was so dehydrated that my bladder had clapsed, and I legit felt like I was on my death bed. I hadn’t had any real food in almost 15 days and I could barely even take a small sip of water without instantly throwing it back up. I had already lost almost 10 pounds, and I’m still struggling to put some weight back on.

Once I got fluids in me, I started feeling so much better. The doctor said it was a good thing I came in, because at this point, I was too far gone to get back on my own. I needed help, for me and my suffering baby. I was so worried the baby wasn’t getting enough nutrients and wasn’t thriving, but I’m happy to say he/she is doing well and has a strong heart beat!

After sitting in the ER for 8 hours, I finally got discharged and was able to go home. Walking out of the hospital, I felt [somewhat] like myself again. I still had a lot of recovering to do, but at least I was on the right track. With the help of a nutritionist and medicine, I started to get back to good health.

I felt confident in my treatment plan, and felt good about moving forward. My nutritionist put me on a high protein diet, as protein is the best way to avoid getting sick. (Good thing I started eating meat when I was pregnant with Lucy!) I can honestly say, I can tell when I haven’t had enough protein. Smaller, more frequent meals are required, as I tend to get sick quickly if I don’t eat almost every hour. They also prescribed me Zofran, which I only take as needed because it’s a bit controversial during pregnancy. I try my best not to take it unless I have to, but I feel like I’m taking it more than I’d like. I’m also taking a combination of B6 vitamins and Unisome three times a day, which has helped me tremendously. I’m still throwing up multiple times a day, but I feel like it’s a huge leap from what it was.

Needless to say, it was a super rough first trimester. I’m just now entering the second trimester, and I’m starting to feel better, but I’m still struggling with morning sickness most days. HG usually lasts at least the first 20 weeks (not just the first trimester, yay), if not the entire pregnancy. I had morning sickness EVERY day up until the day I gave birth to Lucy, and I thought that was bad. (Looking back, I probably had HG with my first pregnancy too, but it never got diagnosed because I didn’t go into the ER for help and I didn’t speak up enough to my doctor. ) However, this pregnancy has proven to be MUCH more difficult on me, especially trying to entertain and chase around a rambunctious toddler.

Between the isolation of being so sick, not being able to do my daily activities, and the stress I’ve put on my entire family, it’s been a really rough time for everyone. I’m grateful for my friends and family who have stuck around and helped me through this, because without them, I would still be stuck in bed feeling miserable. I know Lucy has suffered because she has to sit at home a lot, as we use to go our everyday and do fun things. My poor husband has had double the work while trying to take care of me and Lucy, and trying to balance work life as well. My friends continue to help when needed and try their best to get me out of the house when they can, and I can’t thank them enough. Being so isolated for so many weeks, I started to get depressed and anxious, and it really started to take a toll on me.

Im just so glad I went in to get the help I needed. I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long, but honestly, I didn’t even know HG was a thing, otherwise I would have went in much sooner! I just thought I was dealing with bad morning sickness, and I thought I just had to deal with it. I was trying to be strong and wait it out until my first doctors appointment. I had no idea there was treatment and even a name for what I was experiencing.

That is why I wanted to write this post. To help other woman who may be in the same situation as me. To let them know you are not alone, and there is help. If I would have known about this sickness, I would have saved myself (and my baby) a lot of misery. I want to help educate others on this awful sickness that some women experience.

If you’re experiencing terrible morning sickness, and you’re having trouble keeping anything down or getting out of bed, there is help. Call your doctor and tell them exactly what’s going on. Your doctor can help point you in the right direction, as far as medicine or even hospital care. You do not have to suffer on your own. I didn’t want to go to the ER (who does!), but in the end, I am SO glad I did. I wish someone would have told me about HG so I could have gotten help sooner. For more information on Hyperemesis Gravidarium visit www.hyperemesis.org or talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing anything similar.

Have any of you experienced HG? If so, how did you deal with it and what advice can you share for other mamas in this situation. I love hearing from you! Like, comment and share!

Xo

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