Hyperemesis Gravidarum

When I first started blogging, I decided to use the platform for interviewing women to bring awareness to different situations we as mothers go through. These are things that you might not hear about, or at least not that often. A lot of people don’t realize how hard pregnancy is on the body. Let’s face it; women go through a lot to bring our bundles of joy into this world. It might be as minor as having slight nausea or as severe as a complete lifestyle change. Pregnancy is no joke.

I say that to say that when I do these things, this is not to scare you all into not having a baby or to scare you once you find out that you are pregnant. I want women to know what can happen. Also, your partners should know so they would know what to do or what to look for. The specific condition that I want to talk about is Hyperemesis Gravidarum, also known as HG.

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (according to the website below) is a condition characterized by severe nauseavomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance. Mild cases are treated with dietary changes, rest, and antacids. More severe cases often require a stay in the hospital so that the mother can receive fluid and nutrition through an intravenous line (IV). (Click HG for more information.) I know what you’re thinking; Who is more at risk of getting HG, and what are the causes? Women at risk have a family history of HG, those who haven’t gained weight or lost weight during pregnancy, being pregnant with multiples, being overweight, and being first-time mothers.

As far as causes go, according to Healthline, “Morning sickness and HG seem to have a connection to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This is a hormone created during pregnancy by the placenta. Your body produces a large amount of this hormone at a rapid rate early in pregnancy. These levels can continue to rise throughout your pregnancy.” Also, there’s a condition called ptyalism which means excessive Silvia. This can initially make nausea worse.

Interview

I found out that someone I know is experiencing this, and she agreed to interview her. I am so happy she was willing to share her story and bring awareness to this condition. Her name is China (pictured above), and she is currently pregnant with her first child.

1. What symptoms did you have that raised your concern?

a: I didn’t have any symptoms that raised concerns. I went too see my ob about morning sickness but i never knew what hg was until i was diagnosed with it. I didn’t say for the first four months & i didn’t go too the hospital until i literally couldn’t walk anymore. 

2. What steps did you have to take to prove that you had HG?

a: I didn’t have to prove anything my blood work & urine samples spoke volumes. I was severely dehydrated & malnourished. 

3. What treatments do you have to take to help with your symptoms?

a: I’m on four different meds. One I get via iv(Zofran), the other three are in pill form two more are for nausea & the third is a stool softener

4. Does your treatment process hurt?

a: Poking yourself with a needle every two days isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world, but you get used to it. It does get harder the further along you are because your stomach isn’t just fat, but it’s getting harder. So sometimes you gotta stick yourself in your thigh.

5. When will it go away?

a: For everyone, it is different. Some only have it a few weeks & others have it their whole pregnancy. It is looking like I’ll have it my whole pregnancy, but I’m hoping I’ll get off at least the iv soon. I don’t mind the pills because those don’t weigh at least 5lbs & I don’t gotta carry those along with my stomach, lol.

6. Any advice that you would want to give a fellow mommy to be that might have it or does have it?

a: It is hard going through it so find you a good support system because you will be extremely tired, don’t be afraid to ask for help, take it one day at a time, find something that you can eat & the baby likes & build your diet from that adding one thing at a time & you can still enjoy your pregnancy with HG it’s just a little more difficult. 

Take away

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a condition that could either go away before you reach 20 weeks or, in some cases, you could have it the whole pregnancy. Now there is light at the end of the tunnel HG is not lifelong. It will go away once your pregnancy is over. If you or someone you love thinks they might have HG, there’s a test that you can take to see if you could have HG on this link. Before you take anything, you should talk to your doctor first and let them know your concerns. For more information on this condition, you can go to https://www.spinalcolumnonline.com/articles/understanding-hyperemesis-gravidarum/.

Published by teaurane

Welcome to all the moms out there! My name is Lamoney but you can come me Money. Yes, it's pronounced exactly like what you have in your pocket. I am a mother of a beautiful 3-year-old daughter, I work in health care, and I have an awesome boyfriend. Join me as I talk with you about my journey through life and motherhood.

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