Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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. 

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40lb difference. First picture take 5/16/14, second picture taken 7/10/14.

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! 

 

We’re having a baby

May 17th, 2014 was our first Saturday in Lansing, Michigan as husband and wife. The night before the church threw us a reception for the congregation to celebrate with us.
After noticing my period wasn’t showing up, regardless of the weak cramps I had been feeling all week, I texted April saying I thought I needed a test. She told me to head to the Dollar Tree for a home pregnancy test since they work just as well at the $15 name brand ones. Then she told me I couldn’t take it till I was on the phone with her.
Roy was the only other person I told my suspicion to in which he shared that he thought the same thing all week. From there we set out to the store and to pick up lunch.
I will admit I was a mean sister. While eating I found a picture of a positive pregnancy test and texted it to April. At the time she had been napping so when she woke up she called me asking why I took it already, then hung up when I said, “Gotcha!”
Well I called her right back and we got ready for me to take it. Thankfully someone gave us a Dixie cup dispenser for the bathroom since I needed to collect the sample. My phone was on speaker sitting on the sink and Roy was standing in the doorway. Just a few drops and the control strip started darkening.
The very short wait began.
On the phone, April kept asking if the test line was appearing yet. I was staring at it trying to figure out if the line that was appearing was for real and said, “I don’t know if this is the other line.” “Suz, are there two lines??” April asked. When I said yes she exclaimed, “Suz!! You’re pregnant!!”
My sister in New Jersey knew before I did!
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Of course because she was just about screaming with excitement that told Jimmy and Anya.

So we’re having a baby, my baby and me!

My first trimester has knocked me down and we can’t wait to hit the second trimester soon! But that’s a post for another day!