Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Dec11

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

Try saying that three times, fast.

Seriously though, this is a condition that affects millions of women including, most notably and recently, the Duchess of Cambridge.

I was so sorry to hear that Kate had been hospitalized with this condition, as I am all too familiar with it having gone through this condition through three pregnancies.

As soon as I read the headline about Kate and her “morning sickness”, I immediately thought of  how people would criticise her for being too delicate to handle typical morning sickness, or being dotted over because she is carrying the future monarch of England.

Here’s what HG is like- puking your guts out for an hour straight until you cough up blood because every last bit of saliva has been ousted. Passing out because you are so dehydrated you can think or see straight. The thought of drinking water disgusting you to the point where you wish you could die rather than drink it. Or wishing that you could be induced into a coma and awaken at the due date so you won’t have any recollection of the condition once the baby is born. Feeling guilty because you can’t move or do anything because any movement may send you to the bathroom, which may return you to the hospital. Oh and it lasts for the WHOLE pregnancy.

Does that sound like typical morning sickess to you? Didn’t think so.

And the worst part is that some women feel the need to diminish what you’re going through because of course “Everyone has that. I had morning sickness and I made it through. Don`t be a suck. Just drink some gingerale and eat a soda cracker.” Sometimes I wished I could have vomitted blood on their shoes-right there and then. HG is nottypical  morning sickness. It’s extreme. And only 1% of women with this condition need to be hospitalized. Unfortunately, I was one of them.

Although I’m so very sorry you are suffering, thank you Duchess of Cambridge for bringing some much needed attention to this awful condition. Many women are now speaking out. I hope you make it through and that the drugs and IV will work for you. And remember you will feel better at the end of the pregnancy and you will have a renewed joy for health! Becuase you know what is feels to be really, really sick for several months.

And to all you women out there who feel compelled to judge other’s “morning sickness”-
shut your pie-hole!