My experience of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Having a stomach bug and spending all day Xmas being sick reminded me of the horror that is Hyperemesis Gravidarum – oh no,it’s absolutely not a bit of morning sickness which can be cured with a poxy ginger biscuit it’s sooooo much worse than that. The dark days where you beg your hubby to smother you just to make it stop.

The days upon days of lying dead still in case the slightest movement makes you sick again. The crawling on your hands and knees to the bathroom and then only weeing a few drops because of the dehydration. The desperation not to be sick in front of a packed Dr’s surgery and hoping the wait won’t be long so people will stop staring at you for having a bowl on your lap.

Being sent to hospital and letting them stick needles in you left,right and centre and not caring if it just makes you stop being sick again. The being sent home with medication which stops working after 2 days and dragging yourself back to the hospital where they randomly put you on the ward with women who’ve had hysterectomies!

Having a list of foods and drinks that don’t taste so bad coming up if you can get them down in the first place (coffee and crumpets – big no-no). Having an aversion to cheese and onion crisps years later because of it! The trying to make your other children tea and wishing a magic fairy could do it for you as even the word “beans” makes you want to throw up again.

The finding the magic tablets that stop you being sick (Ondansetron in my case) and the sheer panic when you take the prescription in to 3 different chemists and they don’t have them in stock.The wait is torture.

The still being sick when they open you up for a C-Section and the doctor having to wait for you to stop so he can stitch you back up and the morphine they give you for the pain making you feel sick all over again. Having to fight the midwife who tells you that you can’t breastfeed in that state despite you really wanting to.

I can honestly say my baby making days are done purely because I just could not do it again and I have every sympathy with anyone who has suffered or is currently suffering. You can never truly understand it unless you’ve lived it and I don’t think anyone really ‘got it’ except when I started back at work after 6 months off sick and the ‘new girl’ asked me how I felt as she had suffered with it and I could have hugged her.Turned out to be the start of an amazing friendship and I love the bones of her!

So to anyone suffering now and stumbling upon my post:

  • Hang in there.It’s hard and probably one of the worst things you can go through but you WILL get through it.
  • Don’t suffer in silence or let anyone tell you to man up.Go to your GP if you’re lucky like me (as luck would have it my GP had actually suffered with it) they will help.It might take a little time to get medication right but it’s worth it.
  • If one GP won’t help I would ask to see another at the practice.
  • Have a look at the Pregnancy Sickness Support Website it has some invaluable advice and really helped me get through it.

 

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14 thoughts on “My experience of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

  1. Ick, sounds rotten. I was lucky, just very nauseous for around 6 weeks but not actually puking and was saved on more than one occasion by cheese based food. Even that felt terrible to me so I can’t imagine your situation.

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  2. Sadly I can totally appreciate this post as I suffered with it too – it is truly horrendous isn’t it!
    I am with you on PSS being an amazing place – the forum has helped me a lot – especially afterwards dealing with the aftereffects of HG.
    It’s so difficult because either people (HealthCare Professionals included) are skeptical and lack understanding but also because of the reluctance to treat HG. Awful. I am really really sorry to hear that you had to suffer too.

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    • It really is awful isn’t it!I’m sorry you had to deal with it too,wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy and there definitely needs to be more awareness.You read some real horror stories about women getting no help and my heart goes out to them xx

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  3. It was a nightmare and it took me 4 1/2 years to convince myself to do it again and it only got worse the second time around–not that I ever dreamed that was possible. With the first child, the sickness stopped when she was born. With the second child, the sickness didn’t stop for a further two weeks afterwards. And the medication didn’t work the second time around. Like you, my baby days are through and unless you’ve experienced HG, I don’t think you can appreciate how bad it feels. It makes morning sickness look like a walk in the park. Thanks for sharing!

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    • You’re the first person I ever heard (well, read) say it took 2 weeks after to stop! I had the same. I didn’t even realize how ill I felt until one day I woke up hungry and didn’t start the morning by puking down the shower drain. People praised me for fitting pre-pregnant clothes less than a week after birth – they just have no idea. People who have experienced it need to talk about HG more.

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      • Yes, and it’s hard to find fellow sufferers when you have HG to share information and advice for coping with it–at least in my case, as I couldn’t even read or go on my laptop without getting sick and needing my bucket. I had to rely on my husband to help me find information. I remember there being one really useful website and forum as well as a five hundred page book on the topic that made me feel less isolated and .understand HG better. This was my bible during pregnancy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Morning-Sickness-Hyperemesis-Gravidarum/dp/1419640933/ It’s frustrating because everyone thinks it’s just a bit of morning sickness and that it will pass–unless, of course, they’ve been there too!

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  4. It’s terrible isn’t it?
    I had it with my first but it did die off a little in the middle. With my second it was so much worse. I was vomiting up to eight times a day, was dehydrated, fainted lots, had to take time off work. I don’t think people can really understand how bad it is unless they’ve been there themselves. So many dismiss it as ‘just morning sickness’ but it’s awful being that unwell. Even now (my son is 6 months old) I still get waves of sickness when breastfeeding and often end up throwing up in the morning or evening.
    It’s a nightmare, like you, I won’t be going for anymore babies!
    Thanks for sharing, it’s so good to know there are others out there.

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  5. Goodness me!? It sounds like you had a horrific time of it. I was so lucky that a few ginger biscuits pretty much kept me in check but my heart goes out to you as that was bad enough. This thing sounds hardcore! Thank you for sharing such an honest post. I’ve learned from it and will think twice before suggesting a biscuit in future xx

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