I’m pregnant with my second baby right now. My first pregnancy was a healthy, very nice pregnancy, so when I got pregnant again, I wasn’t expecting Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) at all!
At first I thought, “okay, this is very intense morning sickness. Just a couple of weeks, and I’ll be fine.” But my vomiting got worse. Once it started, it never stopped. I would vomit until I passed out, and the only way to control it was going to the hospital.
I was diagnosed with HG in my 12th week of pregnancy. They monitored the baby and gave me fluids because I wasn’t able to hold anything down, not even water. I was severly dehydrated and admitted to the hospital five times because of HG.
My OBGYN was so supportive, and he tried several medications but nothing was working. He decided to prescribe a Zofran pump. The worst part was my insurance because they didn’t want to cover it and the cost was very high. I couldn’t afford it.
I spent a lot of time out of work because I couldn’t have a normal life. I couldn’t do anything and felt so weak and tired all the time. I have a 2 years old son and taking care of him was very challenging. I didn’t have the energy. My husband works in the oil field, so he spent 15 days away from home. It was so hard.
Now I’m 37 weeks, waiting for my baby to come, so I can have my health back. It is so weird to feel so happy and so frustrated at the same time.
- Vomited until I passed out
- Damaged my throat and stomach
- Malnourished from not being able to eat
- Struggled to care for my son
- Five hospital admissions
- Missed a lot of work
The HER Foundation is an amazing organization supporting a disease that not a lot of people talk about. I was educated on the website and received support. Having information and knowing I’m not the only one suffering made me feel understood.~Liz
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