Hyperemesis Gravidarum… where do you begin to explain this awful sickness. If you are unsure what this is it is severe morning sickness during pregnancy.
And I mean SEVERE.
I went through a HG pregnancy with my first born. It is still to this day the most ill I have ever felt in my whole life. I can’t even begin to explain. I was being sick multiple times a day, feeling faint, could not keep any food down and I lost so much weight. I ended up seeing a doctor as I was so poorly. I was put on anti-sickness medication which I could not bring myself to take.
I thought it might do harm to the baby if I had taken them so I didn’t. Silly really, I’m sure if the doctor prescribed me them they were absolutely fine.
‘If you have had HG in a previous pregnancy, you are more likely to get it in your next pregnancy than women who have never had it before.’ NHS.
I remember reading this when I was online looking at how to deal with this sickness. (Obviously nothing worked). When I fell pregnant the second time around the first thought that went through my head was going through this again. I was so sure I was going to get it because I had it the first time.
Luckily, and I mean I am SO grateful that I never experienced this the second time around. In fact, I did not vomit once during my recent pregnancy. I couldn’t imagine being that ill and having a toddler to look after. That is the pure definition of hell.
I thought I would share with you some tips on dealing with HG if you are currently going through it.
- See Your Doctor And Get Treatment. If you are really struggling do not try and battle through it, you could become dehydrated which will make things feel a lot worse. Get some anti-sickness meds, it may help you feel a little better.
- Find A Support Network. HG is incredibly isolating. There are lots of forums out there with people going through the same thing and also experts you can speak too. There is a website especially dedicated to HG sufferers full of lots of information.
- Take Time Off. If you are working, take some time off to get over the worse of it. Having to get up and go everyday will make you feel so much worse. If you have other children get family/friends to help with childcare.
- Try And Stay Hydrated. Sip water little and often, suck ice cubes or have ice lollies if you can stomach them.
Remember this will end, even if it is when baby is born. It will be so worth it in the end and believe it or not one day you won’t mind going through it again knowing the beautiful outcome.
Hang in there.
If you have any tips to share please leave them in the comments below!