Today, May 15th, is HG awareness day. If you have been through it, or are going through it, i send you strength and hugs.
For those that have no idea what Hyperemesis Gravidarum is, have a look here http://www.helpher.org/hyperemesis-gravidarum.
Basically HG is translated as 'excessive vomiting in pregnancy'. This excessive vomiting causes weight loss, inability to eat or drink anything which leads to dehydration, among other things. HG sufferers are often told "its all in your head", "try thinking positively" and the most hated phrase uttered to HG sufferers is "have you tried ginger". (For the record ginger its avoided because a, it does nothing and b, its disgusting going down and burns coming up).
Personally, i had HG twice (and a milder form at that). I was in hospital 6times over 2pregnancies with severe dehydration. I was hooked up to IV drips and given anti-emetic shots. I was on a continuous 24hr drip at the most severe week. I was lucky that my HG stopped by 26 and 20wks. Others are not so lucky, some even vomiting after birth.
There is not enough known about the cause, and there is no medication that stops it (I was on multivitamin, b6, ondansetron (zofran), restivit and rantidine (zantac) daily, with no relief. Some women have HG so severe they are put on PICC lines for nutrition.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is NOT morning sickness.
Please read and share so more research is done, hopefully by the time my daughter has children, it will have a cure (HG often presents in the female line of women in the family, eg Grandmother, Mother then Daughter) I do not want my daughter to be so sick that she wishes termination, or to fade away.
Share your HG stories below.