My experience with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) also called “severe morning sickness”, that name just doesn’t give it justice. The name morning sickness is false advertising, it’s all day all night. First let me say if you have been diagnosed with HG, bless you, I know it’s awful. You will make it through it. 

I found out I was pregnant around 4 weeks. I bought ginger candy, preggie pops, morning sickness tea, sea bands, and lavender candles. I wanted to be prepared for morning sickness. They didn’t work. Once I hit 6 weeks pregnant I was sick 24/7. Wasn’t so bad till I was dehydrated and malnourished. I got to the point where I couldn’t keep a sip of water down. I felt like how I would imagine a mummy feels. I checked into the ER to get fluids. I didn’t want to leave, I felt so much better hooked up to that IV with fluids and zofran. The ER prescribed me vitamin B6. It did nothing for me. When I went to my first prenatal appointment at 8 weeks I broke down crying, I felt so horrible and I needed help. My doctor prescribed me zofran. It helped me keep at least a little down. I took it every 8 hours, as instructed, on the hour. I even had alarms set to wake me up. I had to keep a trash can next to me, sometimes I couldn’t make it to the toilet. My advice to anyone with any kind of morning sickness is don’t eat anything that will hurt coming back up. Granola bars bad idea. Some nights I slept on the bathroom floor. First trimester was the worst, second trimester I was finally able to get out the house a little (had some bad days), and even though it picked back up in third trimester I was finally able to enjoy my pregnancy. I slept a lot. Third trimester I was so sleepy I could’ve fallen asleep walking. 

Back to HG. Eat what you can, a little at a time. Note what you can keep down and stay away from food that make you sick. Constantly sip on water. It’s important to stay hydrated and if you feel dehydrated go get fluids. 

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