What is an HG protocol?
An HG protocol is a written plan created with your doctor that details your treatment plan. It includes a list of how you will prepare for pregnancy such as taking prenatal vitamins, getting your weight close to ideal, and making sure you are in good health. It will also list the vitamins and medications you will take early in pregnancy when HG symptoms begin, and those that will be added if needed. Ask your OB to review the HER Treatment algorithm to see if they are willing to offer multiple options as needed.
Questions to Ask
Here are some of the questions you may want to include in your protocol:
What does an HG protocol look like?
It can be handwritten pages, a typed document, or a spreadsheet. Your protocol mainly lists the medications you plan to take and any other treatments you want to consider like IV nutrition. It is ideal to also include the point at which IV fluids will be given and if they will be given at home or at a clinic.
What is the purpose of an HG protocol?
The goal is to be sure your doctor is willing to prescribe the medications you may need, and also willing to treat HG at the onset of symptoms, so you decrease the risk of developing severe HG.
- It is easier to prevent severe symptoms versus control them.
- What worked best in the past is a good starting point.