Hyperemesis Gravidarum



I never knew anything about this pregnancy condition, Hyperemesis Gravidarum until my friend suffered it during her pregnancy about 1 year ago. Even then I must admit I never understood it fully, I was asked by a couple of mums to highlight it on my blog but to be honest I never knew what to write about it. Apart from that Kate Middleton has HG, everything else about it made little sense to me. I can partially understand why, I never had any nausea or vomiting through my pregnancy, the worst I had was swelling feet, backaches that started from conception and a bad taste in my mouth that was made better by me chewing on plastic!

A friend I have met online has made HG more palatable for me and I have found myself saying a pray for her every day, I check up on her as she post on Instagram every so often and I must say her pregnancy is one I feel like I am going through HG with her.

Something that is meant to bring joy and fulfilment has left her on IV and tubes just to make sure that she is not malnourished and or dehydrated. A weak mum who has a strong heart has replaced her usual joyful self. Her photos on nature and trees and her son are now hospital flowers and hospital food. Judy you will get better.

This is her second pregnancy, her first was no better, and according to her it was worse compared to this one. Her first pregnancy was in Kenya where the condition is not much known, in fact most mums try and weather HG at home and occasionally ask the doctor for a solution which is a drug to prevent nausea, go home try and eat something, drink something no matter how little is often the advice. Kenyatta Hospital is where my friend (not Judy) was admitted when her HG became too bad it threatened her life. She got care, mostly re-hydration through IV and glucose.

“We thought we had it all figured out,” says Adler, an otherwise-healthy vegetarian. “I thought I could live on an IV for 4 months but it was so much worse than I ever imagined. My chances for survival were very slim, and the chances of my baby surviving were very slim. Damage had already been done to my liver and the rest of my system.” They made the difficult choice to terminate the pregnancy. Their case shows how devastating the consequences of hyperemesis gravidarum can be when it takes its most aggressive form.- http://www.helpher.org/hyperemesis-gravidarum/impact-hyperemesis/morning-sickness.php


What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum

It is extreme morning sickness that last all day and can last for up to 20 weeks or through out the pregnancy for 20-30% of mums who have it.

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What Impact will Hyperemesis Gravidarum have on me?

HG can take over your life, leaving you exhausted, depressed and unable to enjoy your pregnancy. Your relationships may be put under a lot of strain, and you may feel isolated and become withdrawn, leaving your partner feeling excluded.

HG can, for long periods of time, make caring for yourself and your family difficult. Simple things such as taking a shower, driving or shopping may feel impossible.

The psychological impact may make you reluctant to even think about having another baby for some time.

You may think that nobody understands how awful you feel. But be reassured that the condition is not your fault, you are not alone, and there is help available.


What can I do to ease my Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

  • Talk to your doctor or midwife early on and explain how bad you are feeling, and that you’d like treatment.
  • Ask your partner, family and friends for support and help with cooking, shopping, childcare and household chores.
  • Accept your cravingsfor certain foods and avoid sights and smells that trigger your nausea. If cooking smells make your nausea worse, try eating only cold foods.
  • Stay hydrated by taking small sips of fluid, or by sucking ice cubes.
  • Eat whatever you can manage and don’t worry about what you’re eating. You can catch up on good nutritionlater, as your baby will get her nourishment from your body’s reserves.
  • Try natural remediessuch as ginger and acupressure using sea bands, alongside medical treatments
  • Get as much rest as you can. Tiredness can make nausea and vomiting worse.
  • Don’t feel guilty about how you feel. You are ill and it is absolutely not your fault.


Other treatments may include:

  • Bed Rest–This may provide comfort, but be cautious and aware of the effects of muscle and weight loss due to too much bed rest.
  • Acupressure – The pressure point to reduce nausea is located at the middle of the inner wrist, three finger lengths away from the crease of the wrist, and between the two tendons. Locate and press firmly, one wrist at a time for three minutes. Sea bands also help with acupressure and can be found at your local drug store.
  • Herbs– ginger or peppermint
  • Homeopathic remedies are a non-toxic system of medicines. Do not try to self medicate with homeopathic methods; have a doctor prescribe the proper remedy and dose.


If you are a mum or know a mum who might be suffering from HG, seeking medical attention is very important.

Pregnancy is meant to be a joyful experience but for some mums, the 9 months are something they would not wish for anyone even their worst enemy, the end result is often beautiful but the process gruesome, treacherous, tiring, devastating and unforgiving. These mums are true heros, when it comes to pregnancy…

For more info on HG visit http://www.helpher.org/



Additional facts from www.babycenter.com


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