With my first pregnancy I remember having the worst morning sickness. My doctor prescribed me Zofran for the nausea and just told me to wait it out until my first trimester was over. Those first 12 weeks passed with no end of nausea in sight. Zofran became my best friend for the next six months until I finally had some relief the last few months of my pregnancy.
My second pregnancy wasn’t much better and brought nausea and vomiting throughout the entire nine months. It was the first time that my doctor officially diagnosed me with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG.)
According to the American Pregnancy Association, HG is “a condition characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance. Mild cases are treated with dietary changes, rest and antacids.” It only affects a small amount of women who have morning sickness and usually is at it’s worst from 9-12 weeks of pregnancy.
I was throwing up multiple times a day and couldn’t keep anything down. I’d have to check in with my doctor regularly so that she could make sure I was hydrated and didn’t pose risk or harm to myself or the baby. It was completely miserable and unsettling, but was manageable enough with the Zofran that I avoided a hospital stay.
I started vomiting at four weeks during this pregnancy. In fact, I knew I was pregnant before even taking a test because I’d wake up every morning and run to the bathroom. I immediately called my doctor and had her prescribe me Zofran to help ease the nausea. Unfortunately the Zofran wasn’t helping this time around. I couldn’t keep anything down, had horrible vertigo, and the worst headache. After two previous pregnancies with bad morning sickness, I thought I could deal with anything. This pregnancy was proving to be very different.
After not eating for over 24 hours, I called my doctor and told her I need something else. She immediately told me that I had the option to either go to the hospital for an IV or I could have a home nurse come over and show me how to administer my own IV with a constant dose of medication 24 hours a day.
Obviously with two kids at home, I didn’t want to go to the hospital, so the at home IV was my only option. That, paired with other remedies helped me get through the worst morning sickness I have ever experienced.
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