Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). A pregnancy condition I had no idea existed until I ended up in the hospital at 8 weeks pregnant. So what exactly is HG?
According to the paperwork both the hospital and my OB provided, HG is a severe form of “morning sickness” found in 1% of pregnancies. In my opinion. “morning sickness” is a gross understatement! It is a condition where nausea and vomiting are constant, dehydration and malnutrition are almost guaranteed to happen, along with a trip or two to the ER. Due to the excessive amounts of vomiting; weight loss is another “symptom” of HG. 5-20% of your pre-pregnancy weight (depending on who you talk to.)
I personally dealt with HG from about week 6 to week 13 and lost over 40lbs in the process. There were days I threw up anywhere from 1-8 times and couldn’t even keep water down. How I can best describe what it feels like to have HG; imagine the worst flu you’ve had, take away the fever, and that’s maybe half of what it was like for me.
In the beginning I was able to function a bit more being able to attend Sunday morning church, but as my pregnancy progressed so did my HG. June 11th I ended up in the ER with severe dehydration and again on June 30th. There was hardly any food that I could eat that didn’t burn or hurt coming back up. All the advice that was coming to me from friends and family were to try crackers, pretzels, beans, ginger ale, and all the usual upset stomach helpers. Unfortunately they did not work at all.
For a while I ate ice pops, then I moved on to watermelon, strawberries, apple sauce, yogurt, and anything else I could eat that didn’t require much (if any) chewing. To drink I tried to stick with water and gatorade at first before trying grape juice and apple juice. But the juices were too thick and syrup like for my stomach.
As far as treatments went; the hospital prescribed Zofran (an anti nausea medication) which helped in the tiniest way. My OB advised that if I had been able to come to her sooner they would have done a slightly different administration. HG is really something you have to just keep plugging through and praying for the first trimester to be over.
Thank God for getting me through this and teaching me patience and perseverance in the process. There were a lot of people praying for me both here in Michigan and back in New Jersey, and they still are praying! I won’t deny there were days I asked God, “why?” Then I would stop and think about holding that little baby in my arms as the reward for my suffering.
Thank God for my husband! He truly loves me and had to put the “in sickness” part of our vows to use already! I don’t know what I would have done with out him here to care for me through this whole ordeal.
Now the wait is on… will it be a boy or a girl?
My guess is girl because:
>HG is commonly found in women who are carrying girls. My aunt had HG with both my cousins (both girls).
>The baby’s heartbeat is about 170bmp. Boy heartbeats are in the low 100s.
>Chinese Pregnancy charts show based on my due date that I should be carrying a girl (okay, this was just for fun, I don’t really believe they can tell me what I’m having!)
>I’ve felt it was a girl from the beginning.
If I’m wrong then let me apologize now to my future son 🙂 Roy and I both are really hoping it is a girl!