I’m currently pregnant with my 2nd daughter. During both pregnancies I’ve experienced Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). I’ve actually been marginally better in some ways this time, worse in others, but at 30 years old this is something I have no desire to go through again. This will be our last baby. Someone is getting fixed after this… lol.
The Facts about Hyperemesis Gravidarum
I’m going to start off with some basic facts about HG for those who have no idea what I’m talking about.
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a pregnancy related illness that effects less than 2% of women. It causes severe nausea and vomiting, sometimes almost contently which can lead to problems like dehydration and weight loss.
- Those with HG tend to be sick much longer than the normal 12 weeks.
- It typically starts between 4 and 6 weeks of pregnancy and may be at it’s worst between 9 and 12 weeks. In some women it lasts for the duration of their pregnancy.
- It’s not known what causes it and their are no known cures. It’s believed to be related to rise in hormone levels.
- Complications can effect both Mom and Baby and can include slowed metabolism, heartburn, dehydration, constipation, kidney shut down, low electrolytes, dizziness and weakness, malnutrition to muscles causing severe weakness and requiring bed rest, an over production of saliva which can cause the nausea to worsen, low baby birth weight and even premature birth.
- Treatments include medications, IV fluids, tube feeding and IV feeding.
- It’s believed that those with motion sickness, those expecting 2+ babies abd those with a family history of HG are more likely to get it.