FAQ - Hyperemesis Gravidarum
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I am thinking about having a baby but suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Am I crazy to want to have another child. I am 33 years old have a 14 year old daughter to my first marriage, I have been married to my current partner now for 8 years and we have no children between us. About 6 years ago we tried to have a baby but I became terribly ill and lost it. I was also very very ill when I had my first child but I was 19 and I guess my body could handle it then. I have been diagnosed by my doctor with suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum with is a very very bad and extreme case of morning sickness where nothing I eat or drink stay in me for very long. I had to be hospitalised on a drip the last time and was told that if I don't start holding food or drink down that I would need to stay in hospital on a drip for the remainder of my first trimester. My husband is 41 and I am 33 and I feel that if we don't hurry up and do something soon it will be to late. I am just scared I guess, not only for me and my health but also what will my employer say if I have to explain to them that I need to stay in hospital for 6-8 weeks. Please give me some advise.

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has anyone ever had hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) in their pregnancy?

I just found out today and my horrible morning sickness was HG, lost my job over it...
thanks staci, that's the site my friend gave me. My daughter is 6 now, i just was wondering if anyone else had it...i just found out today about it....

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(SURVEY) Hyperemesis gravidarum (please answer)?

I am doing a survey on people who had Hyperemsis whyll beeing pregnant . If you had it can please answer the following questions. you can add other thoughts at the end if you want to.
(This survey is for a paper im writing you dont need to put your name or anything in it, its completely anonymous if you want it to be.)
1. How long did the symptoms noticeably last?
2. Did you have to go to the hospital, if so how often,long, and why?Did it help, if so how long did it help?
3.After having hyperemesis did it make you not want to have kids again. Did you have kids again and have to go through the hyperemesis anyways?
4. Did the doctors give you any prescriptions, or vitamins, or foods that helped, or didnt help?
* Add in extra stuff if you want to.
~You dont need to answer all questions you can pick whichever one you want to.

Please Answer because it would really help my paper.

1. How long did the symptoms noticeably last? 9 months
2. Did you have to go to the hospital, if so how often,long, and why?Did it help, if so how long did it help? twice for a week each time, It did help, I was dehydrated severely. I was then sent home with a line in my arm for at home IV
3.After having hyperemesis did it make you not want to have kids again. Did you have kids again and have to go through the hyperemesis anyways? My son is 1 yr old and I am now considering having another baby in the next few years, but was turned off of the idea until just a few days ago
4. Did the doctors give you any prescriptions, or vitamins, or foods that helped, or didnt help? I was on Zofran, Reglan and Phenegran suppositories, they helped to take the edge off, but I was still vomiting constantly.
* Add in extra stuff if you want to.
~You dont need to answer all questions you can pick whichever one you want to.

Please Answer because it would really help my paper.  (+ info)

If anyone can tell me what "hyperemesis gravidarum" is I will do almost ANYTHING!!?

This is a horrible illness, but that's all I know. I need to know WHAT causes it and why. I had it once, but 3 doctors couldn't give an informative explanation. It's been driving me nuts for over 3 years! By the way--that IS the correct spelling...Thanks.
And, yes, I was pregnant at the time, it did not affect the baby, but I nearly died, according to the doctor who finally treated me. Before treatment I couldn't hold food down and I had diarrhea, rapidly losing weight. Within 2 weeks I went from 126 to103 lbs! I was only about 1 mo. pregnant. Today, my son and I feel great.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe and intractable form of nausea and vomiting that occurs in up to 0.5-2% of all gravid (pregnant) women.

It is a diagnosis of exclusion and may result in weight loss; nutritional deficiencies; and abnormalities in fluids, electrolyte levels, and acid-base balance. The peak incidence is at 8-12 weeks of pregnancy, and symptoms usually resolve by week 20 in all but 10% of patients.

Uncomplicated nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is generally associated with a lower rate of miscarriage, but hyperemesis gravidarum may affect the health and well-being of both the pregnant woman and the fetus.

The etiology of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is unknown. Many have postulated that nausea and vomiting are protective in pregnancy to reduce exposures to potentially teratogenic materials. Some theories hold that elevated human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or estradiol levels could be causative, due to correlations in numerous studies between levels and symptoms, but this has not been demonstrated conclusively. Psychological theories of the etiology are falling out of favor, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology warns that attributing vomiting to psychological disorders has likely impeded progress in understanding the true etiology of hyperemesis gravidarum.

The cause of severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy has not been identified. Hyperemesis may have a genetic component, as sisters and daughters of women with hyperemesis have a higher incidence.
Hyperemesis is also associated with hyperemesis in prior pregnancy, female gestation, multiple gestation, triploidy, trisomy 21, current or prior molar pregnancy, and hydrops fetalis.
Women with history of motion sickness, migraine headaches, psychiatric illness, pregestational diabetes, high or low pregestational weight, hyperthyroidism, pyridoxine deficiency, and gastrointestinal disorders are also at an increased risk.
Some studies have suggested that Helicobacter pylori infection may play a role in hyperemesis, but the data are inconclusive.
Cigarette smoking and maternal age older than 30 years appear to be protective.

By its very nature, hyperemesis gravidarum (hyper=excessive, emesis=vomiting, gravid=pregnancy) is a disorder of pregnancy. It's not a true illness, per se, but rather a symptom of something else (something associated with the pregnancy, as postulated above). It also resolves after pregnancy. Because you "had it once" - you don't say if you were pregnant then - it's unlikely if the symptoms are continuing and you are NOT pregnant now, that hyperemesis gravidarum is the true concern. Other areas to be investigated and ruled out include differentials such as appendicitis, acute cholecystitis and biliary colic, diabetic ketoacidosis, gastritis and peptic ulcer disease, gastroenteritis, hepatitis, bowel obstruction, ovarian torsion, and pancreatitis.

Good luck and feel better.  (+ info)


who else has had HG, i got pregnant once and i got it! how many of you have gone through a second pregnancy with HG? i want to get pregnant again but i am scared of getting HG again!! help me out please!!!

hi, i feel you!!!! i am 38 weeks and have only stopped being violently sick 2 weeks ago ( i am still sick everyday ) but i must say this is my 3rd pregnancy and i was not sick with my first 2 babies my dr said its just your luck so maybe youll be lucky next time and if not its such a short period of time in the scale of things good luck  (+ info)

Is this Hyperemesis Gravidarum morning sickness?

I am 9 weeks pregnant, and starting from 6 weeks i started getting "normal" morning sickness. I could eat but the nausea would hit me mainly at night, but i was still okay to function. Both my sisters suffered from HG so i have always been scared.

Last night i thought it hit me bad. I woke up fine, The afternoon was fine, i even had something to eat and took a nap, when i woke up i felt horrible and could not keep even water down. I threw up about 10 times and i felt so weak.
This morning i seem a LITTLE better, and i had a little something for breakfast, but i am wondering if it hits you that suddenly or was i just having a bad day?

Please help.

you could just be having a bad day.. morning sickness peaks around 9-10 weeks and usually tapers off between 14 and 16 weeks.. i had HG and was so sick from the beginning that i couldn't eat anything or even drink for days... i was hospitalized for days at a time a few times during my pregnancy due to severe dehydration... also, my doc put me on a liquid diet, just to try to help keep things down and stay hydrated.. just try to take little sips of water or 1/2 water 1/2 gatorade is a good one too.. hopefully you will start feeling better soon.. remember, if you can't keep anything down for 24 hours then you need to call the doc, or go to the ER  (+ info)

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (morning sickness from hell) anybody else have it/had it?

This is brutal; I'm 10 1/2 weeks, losing weight, eating very little, throwing up a LOT. I'm violently sick pretty much every day, sometimes several times a day. I'm keeping well hydrated so- I don't have to go to the doctor right? (My family doc is on vacation for a month so I'd have to go to Emerg.) I can barely leave bed, let alone the house. My husband has to go grocery shopping, etc. I've been like this for EIGHT weeks. the vomiting started a few days after conception.

Anyway this is miserable. I can throw up consecutively for minutes at a time, and it's hard to breathe, and I get beet red and my whole body gets cold and sweaty. After I throw up I'm often shivering uncontrollably for an hour and my teeth chatter and I feel hot and flushed and I get dizzy and very weak. I worry about not getting the right nutrients. I worry about getting worse and the doctor putting me on meds- (they put me an an antinauseant called Diclectin and I threw it up every time so I had to stop taking it.)

How did you guys cope? How long did it last for you? Did you get this with every pregnancy or just one? What I can't understand is, if you have other children, how do you take care of them? I physically wouldn't be able to run after a rambunctious two year old. Even sitting here typing is an effort right now and I can't wait to lie down again. And I am not a wuss! I'm no stranger to being sick. I'm scared because we want more kids, but I can't see how I'd be able to look after my firstborn if I get this sick next time. Especially since this seems to be getting worse- if I get to the point where I can't keep fluids down (which I can see happening) I'll have to be admitted to hospital.

Thanks for your advice :)
this is our first pregnancy. :)

I was horribly ill for 28 weeks. It got better after 20 weeks, and I could start eating more normally again. I only had one child, so I'm not sure how it would have been to look after my first while sick with my second, but that wasn't the reason I didn't have a second! :)

Eat something small before you get out of bed in the morning. Having even a cracker before you get up can help.

I found that eating very small amounts of food worked great - I'd have a yogurt and a couple hours later a banana. The baby won't need many nutrients at this time, so don't worry.

Eat what you know you will be able to keep down - for me, there were 3 days when I could only eat fat free raspberry yogurt. My husband thought I was nuts, but hey, I managed to keep it down.

Stay hydrated. Little sips of water at a time. Ginger ale/soda can be great - pour it from glass to glass until the bubbles all disappear and drink it flat. You can also try some ginger tea.

Lie down when you can and rest. If you wnat to lie down, go do it.

Diclectin is great, if it stays down of course. If you can't keep it down, you can ask to have it put in an IV for you for a couple days until it takes effect. I found that the multivitamins my dr advised me to take - Materna - made me horribly sick. The GNC brand of prenatal vitamins didn't. Keep experimenting.

Good luck, and there is nothing wrong with going to hospital and getting fluids into you so you feel better. Getting rehydrated may be all it takes to have you stop puking.  (+ info)

Hyperemesis gravidarum do I have it?

I am about 8 weeks pregnant and for the first 7 weeks I was fine almost no nausea, it seems like the friday before my 8th week I was hit hard, I have had an extreme case of nausea persisting over the past week, I can't really move anymore at all, I can only lay down and only on my left side, no vomiting just the feeling of the worst nausea ever, I cannot sit or walk very far either to the bed & bathroom is pretty much as far as I can go, it has really affected my eating as well, I'm lucky if I can eat one meal a day now which I know is unhealthy for the baby, I have been to the hospital, they said because I am not throwing up its not that serious and I was perscribed Dilectin, what is this drug going to do? and if it doesn't work what options do I have?

maybe slightly but i will tell you i had it bad. I couldn't eat anything at all without it coming right back up. If i moved it came up and when i didn't eat i threw up acid. I had it so bad i had to be hospitalized and the fluid they gave me through IV i threw up. I vomited so much that my stomach ached soooo bad and my ribs felt like they were going to explode. i couldn't even touch my stomach with my hand without being in pain. I'm guessing you are just having the normal preg nausea considering your not vomiting  (+ info)

women...has any1 had hyperemesis gravidarum and had ur gallbladder removed?

i had hyper grav when i was preg (1st tri going on 2nd) which lead me to lose 30 lbs in that month (that's when the sludge started) n recently found out i need my gb removed. i want to have another child but am scared of possible future problems. especially since ur supposed 2 watch ur fat intake post surgery...has any1 gone thru this? if so can u tell me ur experience please?
thank you for ur answers...it's really putting my fears to ease

I had hypermesis gravidarum. It was horrible, once I realized my GB was bad directly post pregnancy, I changed my diet.
I haven't had it out yet diet has helped tons.
I can have dairy just no milk.
I can have cheese, mousse, almost everything but milk!
Well I can have Raw Milk[www.realmilk.com] though, you know unpasteurized. It makes amazing ice cream and hot chocolate!

Flax seed helps a ton during an attack. You can get Flax seeds in an organic section of your grocery store, or at a health food store. Boil 1/4 c with a 1/2 c of water. Drink it when having an attack or as a preventative measure. It has a nutty taste.

Beets are also supposed to help, I'm allergic though. :/

Another thing you can try is an apple juice flush[preferably organic, HAS to be NOT from concentrate, should be pressed apples].
8 oz apple juice every hour, and then 8oz of water in between at 30 minutes. I'm going to attempt the flush this weekend, it'll be hard since I am breastfeeding.

You do have to watch your intake post surgery, and often times woman have problems losing weight post gall bladder removal. You can also have pain once its removed because your liver can get stones.

Mother, Step Mother, and Grandmother have all had theirs removed.
I'm trying the homeopathic ways before the allopathic.

Good Luck.

Oh and btw no Tylenol that makes it worse, no products containing acetaminophen. Aleve is amazing, it stops the pain almost instantly.  (+ info)

Bad morning sickness / hyperemesis gravidarum?

i am currently pregnant and only have 4 weeks to go until my due date. since i was 7 weeks into the pregnancy i have been very sick, my morning sickness lasts morning, noon and night. im now 36 weeks into my pregnancy, still being very sick sometimes 20/30 times a day and not holding anything down.I am on medication for this but it doesn't always work. i have been admitted to hospital several times and had to be put on drips over night and have lots of blood taken and injections in my back to stop the sickness. No one in my family has even heard of this illness let alone have it themselves. What causes this illness in pregnancy and could it happen again if i decide to have another child in the future?
Thank you for your comment, that is exactly what i am scared off, it happening again!! im so ill alot of the time i couldnt look after this child and have HG again its not fair on the wee one im about to have. But i have read somewhere that HG can continue after the birth of the child but i am unsure for how long. That is my worst fear. it is very depressing and hard for my partner to cope with but he is very suportive.

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