Introducing Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Okay this is getting ridiculous! Where the hell is the 2nd trimester respite and relief all the pregnancy sites write about? It can’t be normal that I’m 16 weeks pregnant and this sick?! The constant vomiting non-stop all day for the last week and a bit has been torture and has really taken its toll. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even want to eat as I know all I do is throw it straight back up. Sometimes I’m so vomited out I feel as though I’m just throwing up water and stomach acid. I’ve spent the last couple of days in bed, too weak to do anything and spend a lot of the time crying, wondering why this pregnancy is as horrible as it is. Not to mention I feel like such a bad Mumma right now. The house looks like a bomb’s gone off and I’m sure The Little Guy is feeling neglected. Thank god for Preschool and play days at the neighbours. Hubby is very concerned with how ridiculously unwell I am. 

Finally, I decide that it can’t just be “morning sickness” and head to my doctor’s after the morning preschool drop. By this stage I’m very gaunt looking and sporting a glowing green tinge. Whilst in the waiting room I’m asked by two strangers if I’m okay and did I need assistance. Dear God, I must look like death warmed up! As I sit in my doctor’s office and recount how horrifically sick I’ve been, tears of exhaustion and helplessness stream down my face. In a very sympathetic and concerned manner she tells me I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She explains that with how long it has gone on for and in the weakened state I’m in, I need to head straight to emergency. She writes me an admission letter for the hospital and off I go.

pregnant woman on hospital bed on IV dripWhen I get there they admit me straight away, take all my vitals and ask all the necessary questions. My blood pressure is very low and they tell me it’s because I’m dehydrated. They then weigh me and it turns out I’ve lost weight, not gained it, which of course is the opposite of what my body should be doing right now. The doctors explain that Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a complication in pregnancy that occurs in approximately 1 to 2 percent of pregnant woman. It causes excessive vomiting, which results in weight loss and dehydration. I ask if I can expect it to subside anytime soon? They say it’s possible as the pregnancy progresses, but not guaranteed. They put me on an IV drip so that they can intravenously feed me fluids and medication to stop the vomiting. I try to take this opportunity to rest and spend most of the time drifting in and out of sleep – something I’m in much need of. Thanks to the medication the hospital is feeding me, I amazingly manage to make it through a whole day without vomiting. The doctors eventually give me a prescription, discharge me and Hubby comes to take me home. As I leave they tell me not to hesitate should I feel the need to return. Geez I hope I not, this whole ordeal has been bad enough as it is! Besides, I can’t wait to get out of here – hospitals give me the heebie-jeebies.   

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