So you’re pregnant. And everything is wonderful. You have those first signs of morning sickness that you may feel a certain sense of pride in. They have a certain reassurance that things are OK, a reminder of what your body is doing.
But then it doesn’t stop. The sickness becomes all day, all night. You can’t eat, can’t smell anything without wanting to hurl. The headaches are killer. You can’t function anymore.
Your life becomes the couch or bed as you try to figure out what is wrong. The vomiting comes from anything; the thought of food, warm water, trying to take a pill, laying wrong, having the baby press on your stomach the wrong way, or nothing at all.
This is hyperemesis gravidarum. It hits everyone different; some stronger, some shorter. In my first pregnancy, it lasted till the day I gave birth. The nurse had to give me a shot of Zofran while I was in labor just hours before my daughter was born. This time around it’s been more manageable, but I’m on Zofran 3x a day.
There is no cure. No fix. Nothing but Zofran and time. Some women only get it during one pregnancy, others get it during every one. It affects everyone around you, rendering you incapable of doing even simple things or being able to enjoy what you used to. It can change your thoughts on more children. It puts a strain on your marriage and your relationship with children you already have.
It is not morning sickness. It is a medical condition. And if you get it, you need all the help and support you can find to make it through.
If you are struggling with this or know someone who is, these tips are here to provide both suggestions and comfort in the months to come. Many of us deal with this. You are not alone. Know that it truly will be worth it in the end. I promise.
Here are my personal suggestions for anyone struggling with HG, but please feel free to add your own in the comments.
Diana blogs on more on the crazy that is her life on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances.
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