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Real Life Testimonies of Hyperemesis gravidarum; Know How to Manage

by | May 17, 2019

HG or Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of pregnancy sickness. As opposed to the more common pregnancy-related issue- morning sickness, HG is characterized by more elevated levels of morning sickness complications like nausea, vomiting among others. Read a real-life experience that also affected the Duchess of Cambridge. Know more here.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum: An Extreme Form of Morning Sickness

As opposed to morning sickness that strikes as much as 60-70% of all pregnant woman, HG is much like the elevated form of the same. According to WebMD, as less as below 3%, pregnant get this painful and discomforting condition. With no appropriate cure for the condition, patients have to rely on medical aid when it happens and the condition fades with time. The symptoms may start showing up from 4-6 weeks and might be at its worst between 9-13 weeks. Out of all, 20% sufferers of HG may require medical attention for the rest of the pregnancy.

The Duchess of Cambridge too dealt with Hyperemesis Gravidarum during her three pregnancies

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton reportedly suffered the same with her three pregnancies.

Just recently, a mother from Thundersley, Essex shared the devastations that can strike with HG. Hannah Dalton, 30 had to visit the hospital (for IV) as much as 27 times during her pregnancy, reports BBC. She wasn’t able to keep any fluid in her stomach without flushing out for 8 months and reportedly had to live off on anti-sickness medications and ice-lollies. For six months she was bedridden and even had to end up on a wheelchair before her body started to ‘shut down.’

“We wanted a bigger family but was there a chance that we would lose me. I thought I was dying.

“I seriously questioned was this still worth doing.

“(…) I will spend the rest of my life trying to raise awareness about this awful illness.

“I’m doing it for my daughter, in case she gets it, and God forbid that she does.”

Hannah Dalton via bbc.com

She finally gave birth to her baby daughter after 20 plus weeks of difficulties. As reported by BBC, as soon as she went into labor, the sickness ceased.

Another woman, now a mum, who reportedly terminated three pregnancies due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum shared her experience. She said-

“It’s your own personal hell that you can’t escape from. It’s devastating. It completely takes over your life, your family’s life so it would be easier either to just miscarry or die.

“I couldn’t take a breath while I was retching, so I passed out and woke up on the bathroom floor and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I can’t do this.’

A sufferer of HG via bbc.com

Reports from BBC with whom 5000 plus woman affected with the sickness shared their experience reveals some terrifying outcomes. To mention- one in three women with HG even thought of killing themselves among others. With the causes of the condition being unknown, doctors evidence that the issue may ‘run in families’ and if a woman has HG in her first pregnancy, chances are that she might as well have the same in the next, reports BBC.

What Are the Symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

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HG is dominated by severe vomiting and nausea among other extreme symptoms. For instance, if a pregnant woman undergoes vomiting due to morning sickness, a woman with HG will undergo severe vomiting instead of regular. The vomiting will be accompanied by severe nausea that won’t subside within 12 weeks, as opposed to that associated with morning sickness. Other notable symptoms include-

  • Weight Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Severe Fatigue
  • Palpitation/ Rapid heartbeat
  • Fall in blood pressure
  • Jaundice
  • Fainting and loos of elasticity on skin

In some cases, the symptoms are so severe that the patient might require hospitalization to give IV fluids and restore nutrients and fluids. It is very important to get medical attention in case symptoms are elevated. If left untreated, chances are that the baby may be born premature or with less weight at birth.

How to Get Relief from HG?

Since there is no cure as such to the health issue, the patient may rely on some household remedies if the complications are tolerable or milder in its form. If elevated, immediate medical attention is a must. Here are a few ways to get relief-

  • The patient can take some bed rest to get some comfort.
  • If able to eat, it is suggested to eat small, multiple times
  • Taking ginger (1-1.5 grams) in the form of tea, candies and supplements may provide some relief
  • Peppermint may also give some relief
  • Get professional acupressure at special points if available
  • Homeopathy medication upon professional advice may help

Did you suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum during pregnancy? How did you deal with it? Let us know in comments.

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Debayan Paul

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