Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the mom-to-be and the newborn(s).
Tomorrow is HG awareness day, please spread the word and REBLOG!
As many of you know I had HG throughout my entire pregnancy. On my blog there is even a whole section dedicated to it if you want to hear more of my experience with this nightmare of a disease.
Here are just a few highlights…….
HG is when you throw up so much your throat starts to bleed
HG is when the numbers on the scale keep going down and you worry about your baby
HG is when you can’t even keep water down
HG is hospitalizations, IVs, and vomex
HG is when you are terrified of eating and terrified of not eating at the same time
HG is when you are constantly checking your watch until you *have to* eat again
HG is when keeping down a full glass of water is a good day
HG is when you can’t even think about the pregnancy without feeling nauseous
HG is not being able to walk into your own kitchen
HG is your husband losing weight because you haven’t been able to cook in months
HG is crying because you’ve just vomited in the shower again
HG is having to bear people’s well meaning suggestions, “have you tried saltine crackers?”
HG is gritting your teeth and biting your tongue to keep from throwing up
HG is asking your husband to ‘stop walking around’ because the motion is making you sick
HG is a face covered in the poka dots of burst capillaries caused by vomiting
HG is when you have to quit your job
HG is depression, not wanting to go on anymore, and thinking you are losing your mind
HG is when you don’t know how you are going to make it through the afternoon
HG is when you haven’t left the house in 3 weeks
HG is when you have to lie in a dark room with a cold compress over your eyes because light makes you sick
HG is when you overproduce a thick mucus like saliva that you have to spit out every minute of every day for 9 months
HG is when you are embarrassed to leave the house because of the spitting
HG is when you are afraid you won’t make it the full 9 months
HG is when you realise you are one of the lucky ones because you haven’t lost your baby, died, been forced to terminate, or committed suicide.
HG is when you always have to carry a plastic bag with you when you leave the house, just in case
HG is when you feel lucky you are able to leave the house
HG is when your medications make you so drowsy you can’t drive a car
HG is when can’t understand why there isn’t a cure or any real treatment for this disease
HG is when you find out it’s often worse in subsequent pregnancies and decide this means you can only have 2 kids
HG is when you feel like you are dying and people call it ‘morning sickness’
Yeah. Junior might be an only child for this reason and so many others :(