In my last entry, I shared the joys of my recent vacation (a relaxing trip to Antigua with the hubby). I also mentioned feeling a renewed sense of energy since exiting my first trimester (whew, pregnancy is no joke, especially when you have two little bodies growing inside your belly). Well, something I wanted to shed some light on is the depth of my challenging first trimester, a condition I recently learned about because it directly affected my life, and that's Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
For the first several months of my pregnancy, I received strict orders from my doctor to remain on bed rest. I was definitely taken aback because although my morning sickness was severe, I assumed this was part of my pregnancy, as I have experienced nausea before. However, I was actually battling something more severe which was HG.
What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)?
HG is a pregnancy complication typified by extreme nausea and vomiting, and this pregnancy complication leads to a host of dangers for mothers and their babies. The vast majority of pregnant women experience some sort of morning sickness during their first trimester, and even well beyond those first three months, yet HF affects a mere 2% of the pregnant population.
I’m starting to think I should play the lottery because not only am I pregnant with twins, but I fell within the 2% of pregnant women affected by HG.
Depending on the severity, excessive nausea lasts for the length of one’s pregnancy, causing women to vomit upwards of 20 times or more per day. Talk about exhausting, scary, and painful! I’m incredibly grateful that my doctor swiftly diagnosed by condition, as HG can lead to several complications, if left untreated, such as dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, miscarriages, and other bodily traumas. Thank God, I entered my second trimester with considerably less nausea and an uplifted spirit, and I was able to resume some normal activities.
It felt as though I had little to no control over what was taking place inside of my body. However, I’d like to share a few pieces of insight that helped me manage my Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or at least put others in the position to help me when needed:
Communicate with family members or your trusted tribe: Brief your loved ones on your condition and its respective dangers so that they can lend a hand, whether housework, with the kids, and so forth.
Rest is crucial: Although women are ordered to enter the bed-rest stage, that does not necessarily mean they’re resting. Please, avoid stress and rest as much as you can without challenging your body or pushing your limits. Although this may feel debilitating, this is for your health and baby’s health.
Stay hydrated: Fill up your cup and drink, drink, drink as much water as you can! Keeping down liquids and foods is a challenge in itself, but it’s more dangerous to battle dehydration on top of the persistent symptoms of HG.
For more information about Hyperemesis Gravidarum, visit www.hyperemesis.org.