Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day
“Hyperemesis Gravidarum is one of the most deliberating diseases that makes a pregnant woman feel isolated and so misunderstood from other normal pregnancies” -Sarah McLaughlin
What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
Severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. It is typically associated with:
* Loss of greater than 5% of pre-pregnancy weight
* Nutritional deficiencies
* Metabolic imbalances
* Difficulty with daily activities
My Story: Short Version
This is my second Hyperemesis Gravidarum pregnancy. My first caused multiple hospital visits and stays. Poor nutrition. I had Pancreatitis and lost tons of weight. Here in my second I’ve had multiple hospital stays, Home Health Nurse visits, and ER visits. IV fluids (lactated ringers) on most days almost daily in more incidents than others. Blood sugar constantly dropping. Poor nutrition, lack of energy, (5) PICC line placements, weakness, emotionally drained, etc. I’ve been placed on bed rest multiple times. Nothing helped to ease the miserableness I experienced on a daily basis. I tried to stay strong and positive because this entire time my little baby kept up with growth…always had a strong heart beat. Knowing that this illness can kill both mother and baby says a lot in itself. He pulled through my eldest son pulled through…I am pulling through.
This illness would put any mother in total fear. The difference between now and then is I have a better OB Physician as well as a support group Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) to lean on when needing advice. These are only some (not all) of pictures taken throughout my HG Journey. I share them with you all as today is Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day!
Moms all over are sharing their stories to bring awareness in hopes to reach more moms who are pregnant and not knowing where they could get help. There are support groups and there are moms who are ready to be by your side. To help push you through when it all seems as though it’s not worth it.
I hope you all who are not or have not gone through this find it in your heart to spread the awareness as well as support moms who are (or have gone through it). For family and friends who need help understanding what Hyperemesis Gravidarum is and how you can help… there is a website for the HER Foundation http://www.hyperemesis.org.
Thank you so much for reading my post and supporting such a cause. Love you all!