Coping with Hyperemesis Gravidarum during Pregnancy

I remember my first pregnancy like it was yesterday, because it was one to remember. Everything was peachy until around 6 weeks. I woke up one morning and it hit me “morning sickness”. I could not understand why people called it morning sickness and it was all day sickness for me…Literally! Lol. I was miserable. I could not hold anything down from water to food. I was in and out of the emergency room before my first appointment due to dehydration, not being able to eat, and severe exhaustion. The doctor diagnosed me with my Hyperemesis Gravidarum meaning “excessive morning sickness”. I lost 25 pounds during the first trimester with my first child and the other 2 pregnancies were similar but, not as bad. I had to take prescribed antiemetics to help cope and get me through each day.

So, imagine working 12-hour shifts with all day morning sickness. While this was an exciting time, my body did not feel quite the same. I did not want to talk to my family or friends or do anything. Finally, after taking my medications regularly, getting my vitamins in, taking B6, pushing fluids, and getting rest, it started to subside over time. Into the middle of my 2nd trimester, I was able to enjoy pregnancy.

Hyperemesis gravidarum can make pregnancy extremely uncomfortable and stressful, so here are some helpful tips on getting through it from someone who’s been there 3 times.

§ Make sure you notify your practitioner of the symptoms and issues you are having. Keeping them in the loop will help with your plan of care while pregnant.

§ If you are extremely exhausted (not eating or drinking), seek medical attention. You do not want to go into severe dehydration. Seek help to get the fluids and vitamins you need to help get a recharge.

§ Rest! During this time all you can do is rest. Exercise in between will also help boost your energy. This can be done on days or times when you feel a little better.

§ Keep plenty of snacks. At this point it is about what you can hold down. Ginger snacks, saltines, pickles, and watermelon was some of my go to snacks.

§ Push Fluids. Take sips.

§ Do not be afraid to ask for help. Having a support system will help you mentally and physically through this process.

§ Most importantly just know this will eventually end or at least subside!

You got this mama! Keep pushing through. This too shall pass!