Any mom who ever dealt with morning sickness during pregnancy knows that it can be difficult, even debilitating. For moms who have had hyperemesis gravidarum, this is especially true. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is also known as extreme morning sickness, and it can strike during any trimester and last any length of time, sometimes the entire pregnancy.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I experienced some mild morning sickness from week 10-week 20. I threw up almost every day, but it was bearable and it did not interfere too much with my other daily activities. However, when I was pregnant with my second child, starting at week 9, I began throwing up, and it was a lot more severe this time around. I went to the hospital three times due to dehydration—They gave me IV fluids, along with anti-nausea meds. The meds did nothing to stave off my morning sickness. I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, and it was especially difficult because I had a small child at home, and I was a first year teacher. I can remember having to call the office to have someone come to my classroom because I couldn’t stop throwing up. I was weak and miserable.
I switched doctors midway through my pregnancy, and my new doctor put me on vitamin B6, and that is the only thing that helped with my HG. My baby girl, Annelise, was born healthy at 40 weeks 1 day, and thankfully my HG had subsided not long after I started the B6, so I was able to enjoy the last part of my pregnancy without all of the morning sickness. It was such a blessing, even with all the other common pregnancy ailments.
My husband and I knew that we were probably not done having kids, but I wanted to do whatever I could to prevent having to suffer with HG in any future pregnancies. I did my own research, and I wanted to try adding a few extra vitamins and minerals to my diet. I began taking Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamins B6 and B12, along with my prenatals and a probiotic every day. I also made small changes to my daily nutrition—increasing my water intake, eating more protein, etc.
When my second child was 8 months old, we became pregnant with my third. I was very hopeful that with the changes that I had made, that I would not have to suffer through morning sickness again. And thankfully, I made it through the entire pregnancy without any complications, and not even the slightest bit of morning sickness!
I hope this is a success story that will inspire many people. If someone you know is suffering from morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, or has in the past, would you share this with them? Invite them to subscribe to my blog so that they can receive updates as well!