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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

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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

HelpHER

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

Now books:

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“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.

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“Body Mutiny” another goody

Much love,

Shal

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