My experience Living with Hyperemesis Gravidarum
The NHS website describes HG as “Hyperemesis gravidarum is a pregnancy complication, effecting 1 in 100 woman, that is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and possible dehydration. Signs and symptoms may also include vomiting several times a day and feeling faint.”
But do you know what I describe it as?… Hell! Pure torture.
I am 14 weeks pregnant with baby number three, now don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful to be pregnant I know that I am extremely lucky to have 2 healthy boys and another baby on the way. But,…I am miserable!! I struggled with sickness with both my previous pregnancies and was diagnosed with HG in my second. But never have I experienced anything like this before.
And do you know the worst bit about it? Not the constant vomiting; the trips to the doctors, the weight loss, the fainting or the crippling migraines. Nope! none of that compares, to the GUILT!
PURE MUMMY GUILT!!
Guilt for being off work! Guilt for not being able to look after my other children! Guilt for my poor husband who is exhausted doing it all on his own, keeping our house together.Then there comes the frustration with the albeit odd, but the “in my day we just had to get on with it” what’s that all about?
Not my usual style of healthy, positive post. But I think sometimes its ok to just feel sorry for ourselves. Isn’t it?
So what can you do if someone you love is suffering from HG?
- Take over everyday jobs, cooking, cleaning, looking after other children.
- Rearrange meetings, overtime etc wherever possible to be available.
- Have dry, easy to prepare food ready for the good days.
**** Edit **** I am 16 weeks now, and although the medication is control my sickness most of the time, I still have bad days (like yesterday). Back to work tomorrow. GULP! ****