What It Really Feels Like to Have Hyperemesis Gravidarum

September 11, 2014 8:48 PM

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What It Really Feels Like to Have Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Like many women, I saw the two pink lines on the pregnancy test and felt an array of emotions. Shock, fear, panic, a bit of underlying happiness -- but mostly fear. In my last pregnancy I suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), a severe and debilitating disease often described as acute morning sickness. For five days after I took that pregnancy test, I felt like a ticking bomb waiting to go off. I was terrified. Then, on the evening before Thanksgiving, just after returning home from my first doctor's appointment where we had a sonogram with a tiny fluttering heartbeat, it happened. I threw up. I knew it was the beginning.

Less than a week after Thanksgiving, I ate the last meal I have eaten up to this point. I was seven weeks pregnant. Three days later, I was hospitalized for 11 days. During my hospital stay I was given IV fluids and several of the medications most frequently prescribed for HG -- Zofran and Reglan --...

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