Dealing with Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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Everybody following me on Instagram is probably aware of my severe (morning) sickness, a loyal companion throughout my pregnancy. Today I’d like to share how I deal with it (or not).

I’m currently 33 weeks along and I’ve head severe morning sickness since week 7. When it started, it was just a feeling of nausea and “I’m about to vomit”, but never actually had to. Since week 8 or 9 I had to vomit almost every morning, but it didn’t stop there, I also vomited during the day and at night. You get the gist. Around week 16 I caught some sort of bug and I was in bed with quite a high temperature. I was getting better, but the sickness worsened (I couldn’t even keep water or tea) and so Stefan drove me to the hospital, where I stayed 3 days on a vitamin-vomex-mineral supplements. They called me “Princess Kate” on my ward and when I finally ate some soup which didn’t leave my body through my mouth I was dismissed.

Since then, early December, I have been puking many times a day, many times a week, not just in the mornings. The weird thing is, there is no rhyme or reason to why I have to vomit. I get up in the morning and just know that it’s going to be a puke-y day. It doesn’t matter what I eat or not eat, it’s not triggered by smells or certain textures, it’s just there.

This morning for example I took my pregnancy supplements (cod liver oil, magnesium and folate) like I do everyday and I drank some water, lukewarm. About 15 minutes later I was hanging over the toilet, bringing out the water I just drank. Oh goody. And while I was making horrible noises I reflected on all the times I had to hurl and it really hit me: the hardest thing about HG is not the vomiting itself, it’s the psychological exhaustion. I’ve had enough! It’s terrible. It’s stress. ‘Not again!’ is a phrase I hear myself saying on the regular. And it interferes with daily living. I’m just not “properly there”. Going to work was really tough. It was better than staying at home being miserable, but I felt I couldn’t give my best. I didn’t want to be all moany and miserable all the time, but really I was. Regarding my jewellery business I had to cancel all Christmas markets I wanted to attend. I was very slow working on custom orders and I couldn’t get half the things done I wanted to. Feeling weak, nauseous, light-headed and “out of it” most of the time is really really hard.

I did some googling and found out that HG is estimated to affect 0.3 to 2.0% of pregnant women. That’s not much! And I think there’s so much stigma around “not feeling well”during pregnancies that I guess many cases stay untreated. My gyn didn’t really care for example. From time to time she asks me about it and all she says is “Sow, I can’t believe it’s still there” but doesn’t offer any help. My GP though offered to give me intravenous supplements when it’s very bad, but I didn’t have to take that offer as of now. Mostly I vomit and the next food or drink stays in, so I don’t need to worry about dehydration or severe weight loss. I’ve just started to gain some visible weight and naturally I’m not mad about that part. I’ve yet gained not more than 8 kg, which is pretty “good” for 33 weeks.

What I have learned:

  • There is not much I can do myself about it.
  • Drinking lots of water and herbal tea is important.
  • Nibbling on salty snacks can fight vomiting, but doesn’t have to.
  • Drinking ginger tea did nothing for me, but eating tiny pieces of fresh ginger in the morning helped a lot!
  • Laying on my back can increase nausea, which can lead to vomiting.
  • Fresh air feels great, too.
  • I am more prone to vomiting after a very busy day.
  • Resting helps.

And now, the end of my pregnancy is near and I can hardly wait. Not only to meet my baby, but also to feel somewhat “normal” again. In few cases the puking doesn’t end with giving birth, but only when the hormones are back to normal. One thing is certain, however, it will stop eventually. Yay!

Quit-O-Meter: 5 out of 5 quinces

Oh I wish I could stop HG! But at the same time it reminds me that I am with child and I should be thankful, because many women wish to be mothers and their wish stays unfulfilled. It still sucks, though.

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