The Truth About Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)
Did you ever picture a perfect pregnancy? And by perfect, I mean in a complete state of bliss with no worries at all? Well, I did. You never know what your pregnancy will be like until you’re living through it.
My dream of an enjoyable pregnancy came to a complete dead end the moment vomiting and nausea began. What I thought would be temporary morning sickness turned into a long nine month battle including weight loss, severe dehydration, never-ending vomiting.
What I don’t want is pity. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of women living through a pregnancy from hell and fighting far worse battles than the one I went through.
What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
As stated by Hyperemesis.org, “Hyperemesis Gravidarum or “HG” is a severe form of nausea and vomiting.”.
It isn’t the expected “first trimester” morning sickness, which is completely normal. HG is hell and that’s putting it lightly.
It’s constant vomiting at the thought, smell, and sight of food and liquid. Remember the movie, Gremlins? I don’t remember every little detail of it but it was a movie about little furry monsters that would die from light, water, and couldn’t be fed past midnight.
HG IS A MONSTER.
It's a relentless and undermined pregnancy condition that people mock and ridicule because they lack understanding. Losing 10% or more of your body weight, dehydration (causing production of ketones), lack of nutrition, and trouble taking care of oneself and family is not a cry for attention. It's physically, mentally, and emotionally painful for hundreds and thousands of women silently suffering.
Signs of Severe HG:
- Debilitating, chronic nausea
- Frequent vomiting of bile or blood
- Chronic ketosis and dehydration
- Muscle weakness and extreme fatigue
- Medication does not stop vomiting/nausea
- Inability to care for self (shower, prepare food)
- Loss of over 5-10% of your pre-pregnancy weight
- Weight loss (or little gain) after the first trimester
- Inability to eat/drink sufficiently by about 14 weeks
If you know someone who may possibly be suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, don't judge her. Listen to her and be there for her.
And don't think she isn't trying. She is fighting, day and night, to protect the miracle of life.
Please visit, HelpHer.org, to learn more about Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
Until next time.