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Hyperemesis Info November 17, 2008

Filed under: Hyperemesis — mothersandothers @ 5:21 pm

For the curious, I had Brian take a photo


I’ve been meaning to get this post up for a while now, but you know, hyperemesis really gets in the way of life.

I wanted to post some resources and recommend some books in case you are a hyperemetic mama during pregnancy or you are a spouse/loved one that is spinning in circles trying to understand and deal with this illness.

Seeing as over 50,000 American women are hospitalized annually due to hyperemesis gravidarum (including lucky little me for the third time), and the fact that many women choose to terminate wanted pregnancies because of the debilitation of the disease, lack of information and the lack of social and medical support leads me to post anything I can that may direct you to resources that might be helpful.

Why you need to pay attention if a pregnant woman is vomiting:

“A hyperemetic mother can vomit between four and twenty (or more) times a day for months. If, starting at six weeks, a particular woman vomits an average of fifteen times a day she will have endured several hundred emetic episodes by twenty weeks. Imagine the discomfort of vomiting that much in such a short span of time! The vomiting can be so frequent that the stomach acid erodes tooth enamel [and in my case, all the skin inside your mouth]. The emesis (vomit) itself is often bile-filled and blood tinged (the blood usually comes from small tears in the esophagus, stomach or duodenum), and the cycle is self-perpetuating and relentless. In addition to the excessive vomiting, a severely hyperemetic mother suffers from weight loss, dehydration and metabolic disturbances.”

It only takes a couple of days for a person vomiting this severely to become dehydrated, and by dehydration I don’t mean really thirsty, I mean I was hallucinating about an Indian woman in a teepee massaging my feet. Yikes!

The best site I’ve found so far is


The forums and info found there are incredibly helpful, especially to husbands and caregivers in general.

Now books:


“Beyond Morning Sickness” by Ashli McCall

You can also read Ashli’s HG Diary here. After I found hers I decided there was no reason to write my own, she has written for me.


“Body Mutiny” another goody

Much love,



5 Responses to “Hyperemesis Info”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Oh, Shal. This is courageous. Thanks for being willing to put yourself out there in case someone else needs to know they are not alone. It can’t be easy to hear over and over, “Congratulations on the pregnancy! Aren’t you so excited?!” and just smile and nod before puking to the point of losing the skin cells inside your mouth(!). The last thing you want to do is make it seem that you don’t want this baby or this pregnancy, or that your previous pregnancies weren’t worth it or something–because of course, that is not how you feel!!! So it must be tough to communicate the difficulties of Hyperemesis without going into that territory. But it is important that you do. For others who are struggling and for your friends who want to understand. Thanks for trusting us,

    Love you, Sarah

  2. Auntie Vickie Says:

    My dear Shalimar….you are a very brave young woman and I admire all of the research you have done…in addition to such severe reactions you are still determined to figure out what to do.We were so happy to see you on Saturday but I know that you were not feeling 100%…I love you and hope that you can move past this part of the pregnancy swiftly…Brian thank you for being such a great husband. Tell that ‘indian lady ‘ you appreciate the foot massage but please stay away…yikes is right…love auntie V

  3. candice Says:

    I just opened your blog for the first time today, I am not pregnant now but I had HG with both of my kids. This is why I will not try to have another child, it was the most terrible 9 months of my life, I feel your pain and I know your families worries. I cant imagine going through it again, I just wish I would have had more information about what the hell was going on with me, you seem to be very informed and that is good. I found that even my doctors couldnt figure out what was wrong, it wasnt until I gooled it that I found out about HG, I told my doctors and they agreed. why I had to tell them myself, I really dont know, but I wish you strength and courage. I know you can get through it. Thank you for posting about this. Stay strong and sleep as much as you can, I only felt ok when I was asleep. I look forward to hearing about your progress. I was put on a combo of meds that seemed as some point far into my last pregnancy to help, not much but it did help.

    • mothersandothers Says:

      Candice, thank you for commenting and for your wishes of strength. I’m sorry you had to walk this road as well. I respect and understand completely your decision to not be pregnant again. There’s just no journey like this is there? I’ve decided that my hope is that at some point in the future HG will not be connected with the term “morning sickness”, since it is in a category all it’s own. It’s miserable own. You are right about the solace of sleep. Now I have to find some way to function and sleep at the same time. LOL

  4. Kevin Says:

    typical male dolt, i had no clue. hard to be higher than it is now, my estimation of you just increased 10 fold. ur a sick person lol

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