Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) came quick and hard as soon as I found out I was pregnant in the fall of 2018. HG came quick and hard as soon as I found out I was pregnant in the fall of 2018. I spent a lot of time trying to find different methods to decrease the nausea but nothing worked, and I had many trips to the hospital to get IV fluids, etc. HG continued throughout my whole pregnancy. I spent a lot of time trying to find different methods to decrease the nausea but nothing worked, and I had many trips to the hospital to get IV fluids, etc.
At about 21 weeks pregnant, I started having severe panic attacks which eventually turned into severe anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts and became debilitated. I spent a lot of time staying on the L&D unit battling HG and a lot of time on a psych unit due to my mental health.
Both my OB and high risk doctor made the decision to induce me at 35 weeks pregnant due to both HG and my deteriorated mental health. I gave birth to a perfect 5 pound baby boy prematurely and was IUGR which led to two weeks spent in the NICU.
I stayed home with my son until he was 6 months old. After he was born, I had to learn how to become a mom and figure out how to rebuild myself as a person. The further I got away from pregnancy, the better I felt. Six months postpartum I was able to return to working as a nurse.
My entire pregnancy was traumatic, and I still suffer from PTSD due to HG. My son is now 3 years old, and we are all happy, healthy, and thriving. My husband and I made the decision early on that our son would be our one and only.
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