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Having an HG Pregnancy, My Story

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.

My HG Pregnancy Story

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My 2013 Moore Tornado Survival Story

We Survived! That’s all I was thinking when we rushed back into our devastated neighborhood on the afternoon of May 20, 2013.

Four months after the event I’m still thinking about it every night. How could I not be? But I feel like I’m finally ready to write it all down. This is my Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013, F5 Tornado survival story.

Getty images took a picture of my husband putting up our American flag he found in the rubble onto what I believe is the addition room’s back wall…

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Our Pink Baby Shower

The date is rapidly approaching… our baby shower is another small milestone before Operation Taylor Drop. My Aunt and Cousin hosted the most beautiful pink, girl baby shower for me and my husband. It was a co-ed and family oriented shower and as always incorporating men into such a girl-fest can be hard but they did an amazing job with the whole thing.

Baby Shower Food & Snacks

There were cupcakes in a variety of flavors so everyone could have something they liked, pink candy with bags and ties so they could be taken home in a mix, pink icing pretzels, PB&J cutout into duck and onesies shapes, and sliders with pulled pork. Of course lots of chips and dip and veggies as well. Something for everyone, including the guys.

Also served was pink lemonade, strawberry margaritas, beer and water. Again, something for everyone. I think that is key, to make sure the whole crowd will be happy and taken care of, not just the mommy and daddy to-be.


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