May 15 is Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Awareness Day.
Many people think of HG as simply morning sickness but do not realize that they are not the same. Women like me who have experienced HG might even venture to say that they are COMPLETELY different.
“Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the mom-to-be and the newborn(s).” (http://www.helpher.org/blog/)
Here is a little chart copied from the HER Foundation showing the difference between morning sickness and HG.
|Morning Sickness||Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)|
|You lose little if any weight.||You lose 5-20 pounds or more. (> 5% of prepregnancy
|Nausea and vomiting do not interfere with your ability
to eat or drink enough each day.
|Nausea and vomiting cause you to eat very little and get
dehydrated from vomiting if not treated.
|You vomit infrequently and the nausea is episodic but
not severe. It may cause discomfort and misery.
|You vomit often and may vomit bile or blood if not treated.
Nausea is usually moderate to severe and constant.
|Dietary and/or lifestyle changes are enough to help you
feel better most of the time.
|You will probably require fluid hydration through a vein
and/or medications to stop the vomiting.
|You typically will improve gradually after the first trimester,
but may be a little queasy at times during the remainder of your pregnancy.
|You usually feel somewhat better by mid-pregnancy, but
you may continue to be nauseous and/or vomit until late pregnancy.
|You will be able to work most days and care for your family.||You will likely be unable to work for weeks or months,
and may need help caring for yourself.
During this month, I will be sharing about my experiences with 2 HG pregnancies.