Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 09:22 pm
Surviving hyperemesis gravidarum
What is hyperemesis gravidarum? Well, it’s like morning sickness…but a whole lot worse! There’s no “morning” about it. If you were diagnosed with it, it becomes a matter of surviving hyperemsis gravidarum. Here’s the guide for doing just that.
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I went through hyperemesis gravidarum with my first child and I really wished there would have been a guide for me. That’s actually why I created this, so that anyone out there going through this will have some tips for surviving it.
Tips for Surviving Hyperemesis Gravidarum
1. Find what helps you decrease your nausea/vomiting
I tried every remedy known to man or woman: preggie pops (these worked a little bit, but my body eventually overcame them), seasick arm bands, ginger, saltine crackers (I never wanted to see another saltine cracker to save my life), and even eating small meals. Not even water stayed down. It wasn’t until I started losing about 15 pounds, my OBGYN prescribed me zofran (anti-nausea medicine for cancer patients). At first the zofran didn’t work, but I went to the infusion center at the hospital and they gave me fluids and zofran in the form of an iv and wow! I felt like a new woman. The nurse there told me to try and take the oral zofran medicine that dissolved on my tongue, and it really did wonders. I ended up taking zofran off and on for about 7 months. This played a big part in surviving hyperemesis gravidarum for me.
Disclosure: Right now (2017), they don’t prescribe zofran to pregnant women as there is some pending litigation for possible birth defects like cleft palate and heart defects. While I was taking it, there was no such lawsuit. I was blessed to have a daughter who had no birth defects. I know this because I again had horrible morning/afternoon/evening sickness with my son and my OBGYN told me that would be a last resort medicine.
2. Take Your Pre-natal vitamin at night
Another thing I learned that help at least keep my pre-natal vitamin down was to take it at night (right before bed). It’s bad enough trying to swallow a huge pill when you can’t even keep water down, but if you can take it and go to bed, hopefully it will stay in your stomach.
3. Find a good OBGYN
This might seem like a trivial thing to say, but you want to make sure you find an OBGYN that will listen to you and help you find a solution to the nausea/vomiting. Surviving hyperemsis grarvidarum will require getting all the help you can get. My doctor worked with me to find different methods to try before finally resorting to Zofran. Later on, she also did lots of extra ultrasounds because of the use of Zofran to make sure there were no residual birth defects caused.
4. Be Prepared for people to not understand what you are going through
They might be completely insensitive to what you are going through, or offer a lot of remedies you have already tried. The one thing I didn’t like was that anytime I mentioned the term Hyperemesis Gravidarum, I could feel the eye rolls. I honestly think a lot of people thought I was making the whole thing up…
I was also told time and time again to eat saltines, drink ginger ale, and even eating small meals frequently. One person (who will remain nameless) told me that I was just getting really sick because I wasn’t working hard enough. That said person was also blessed with easy pregnancies and little to no morning sickness. So, I got good at shrugging all the mean and “helpful” comments off.
I also slept a lot during my first pregnancy, as that was the only time I didn’t feel sick. This probably contributed to the comments, because they thought I was just being lazy. In reality, if I was awake more, I would have had to be constantly by my toilet to throw up.
5. Clean Your Toilet, and regularly
I probably cleaned my toilet once if not twice a day. When you see more of that ceramic bowl than anything else, it can certainly be a stomach turner if it isn’t spic and span. Not only that, but also brush your teeth often. Stomach acid is horrible on your teeth, as well as cause bad breath.
6. Be prepared for some negative effects of hyperemesis gravidarum on baby
Now, I am no doctor, and I’m not saying this happens every time, but there can be some problems associated with your baby if you are suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. It made it so hard to eat anything that my daughter was not growing right inside of me. At my 39 week growth scan, they deemed her IUGR and said I had to have an immediate induction. It was actually a bit scary. My doctor came running back from the ultrasound office and into her office and was already on the phone to the hospital making arrangements for me to be induced that day. She then asked me if I had my bags with me, and I said I didn’t. She allowed me to drive home and get everything I needed, but that it was imperative I return to the hospital as soon as I could. This was all told to me while I am sitting by myself. My husband was at work, so I had to stay calm as I could drive home and call him to tell him it was time.
All in all, if someone says they have hyperemesis gravidarum, don’t think they are nuts or making excuses. It is a real thing. It can cause a lot of problems for mom and baby. If you are personally dealing with this horrible problem, know that it will get better, it might take a long, long time, but it will get better. I also want to tell you that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and try to remember that you will have that precious baby in your arms before you know it.
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