Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day

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“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

Reference: www.hyeremesis.org/hyperemesis-gravidarum

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!

Spread Awareness

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!

-Smiley

Captured Moments of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Here are some of my photos that I’ve captured during my journey. All though it is not all of my HG photos, these photos speak volume in themselves.

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Mom Life – Pregnant with Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Mom Life – Pregnant with Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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You never know the amount of pain, sickness or suffering a mother goes through to carry her unborn child. Sometimes I feel like I can’t catch a break, but I still find the moments to smile. This is my second go round of an illness that doesn’t receive as much awareness as other illnesses yet it can take the life of the mother or her unborn child if not treated properly. Still fighting Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Still pumping fluids still receive infusions…all to make sure my baby boy and I pull through like Jr (my first born) & I did.

Honestly…I was hoping this time…this pregnancy I wouldn’t suffer from Hyperemesis.  I just knew in my heart and soul that this pregnancy was going to be “normal”.  Hyperemesis Gravidarum hit me at 7 weeks pregnant. That was 4-5 weeks sooner than it hit during my first pregnancy.  I was hospitalized for three days. Severely dehydrated unable to keep any food down and I remember feeling so weak I couldn’t function.  Soon after being released on good health terms I relapsed.  In one day, 7x vomiting 4-5x dry heaving and nausea was constant.  Unlike the stomach flu or 24 hour bug…crackers, ginger, toast, rice, potatoes etc. did not settle the stomach and was some of the worse food items to come back up.  The most frustrating thing was having everyone tell me what I should or shouldn’t eat even after me explaining to them I couldn’t as it doesn’t stay down.

My OB suggested using a Home Health nursing service.  I would receive fluids at home and have an infusion pump that I would wear daily.  The projected time was for 6 infusionpump-phzuniquedivaweeks.  My home health service started the week of November 11th. I am still receiving fluids and infusions.  It’s hard for me to drink water.  Any more than just a little bit makes me vomit.  A little bit of water makes me nauseous.  I unfortunately do not have a “safe” food as what I can eat changes on a daily basis.  I definitely have to steer clear of garlic, onions, ginger, crackers, rice, stir-fry vegetables, broth, soup, beans and pickles.  Knowing all of this knowing that I am suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum it made me wonder if the little one was OK.  I lost a lot of weight. Some days I couldn’t eat at all.  I was then referred to MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine).  They monitor baby’s growth and it put my mind at ease knowing how sick I was he measured 5-6 days ahead of time.  The Maternal Fetal Medicine physician explained that baby will get what it needs from your stores.  That would be your fat stores.  It was like a big relief of pressure off of my shoulders.  He had also explained the Phenergan and infusions were safe for pregnancy. All good things to hear. 🙂

With that said…

Just know with Hyperemesis Gravidarum things can get a lot worse.  It could have moms with feeding tubes, PICC lines (like I have) and on bed rest for the rest of their pregnancy. It can shut down organs from the malnutrition.  It can be a battle way to strong for anyone to handle.  With my first pregnancy, I had pancreatitis and had to be put on TPN. I also received infusions as well as had a PICC line.  For those of you who do not know, Hyperemesis Gravidarum is severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.  There’s a website for resources called HER (Hyperemesis Education & Resources) <www.hyperemesis.org/hyperemesis-gravidarum/>.  If you know of anyone or if you are suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum know that you are not alone.  I’m in a Facebook group with roughly 12k women just like you and I.  It is a very supportive group and judgmental free zone.  It has helped me through my pregnancy more than anyone knows.  These are other mom’s I can relate to.  There are first time moms all the way to moms on their 6th or 7th child.  Mom’s of all ages.  The link to the Facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hyperemesisgravidarum/.  Keep in mind this is a private group and you will be asked a few questions before granted access.

piccline-hyperemesis_phzuniquedivaMy baby boy is due in May.  I cannot wait to meet him as well as end my journey with Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  I’ve suffered more than I’ve explained and become happier the closer I get to my due date.  There is no special way of eating and it has nothing to do with how healthy you eat (or unhealthy).  I know vegans and vegetarians that are suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  If you have Hyperemesis, just know you did nothing wrong to have this illness.  Be sure to have a strong support team.  You will definitely need it.  Family members having a hard time understanding, send them to the HER website I linked above.

I hope that my story will help others to make awareness and for others who suffer open up about Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

One Mind. One Body. Be Unique.

—Physically Unique Diva—