My sister is 13w pregnant and throwing up 5-6x a day. Please help!!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My friend is going through the same exact thing. It’s called hyperemesis gravidarum. From what I understand, aside from what the docs have already done for your sis, there’s not much else they can do. It might wane as she gets further along in her pregnancy, but it might last the entire time. My friend has a picc line now so she can get IV fluids at home. She’s on leave from work. It’s just terrible. I’m sorry your sister is going through this and i hope she feels better soon.

Post # 3
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Barbiestylez:  I’ve been super sick (twins) and Zofran has done wonders for me, however not all insurance companies will cover the prescription.  It’s helped me keep down fluids and I still feel queasy, but at least I can hold something down.  Hopefully she feels better soon.

Post # 4
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Zofran and Diclectin really help, but it sounds like they’ve probably tried those for her.

Get her to take 100mg of B6 every day and keep drinking tons of water. My only suggestion, I’m sorry she’s suffering 🙁

Post # 5
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am sorry to hear that she is suffering. Fortunately for most women, the sympoms do fade after the first 14-16 weeks and almost always are gone by the 20th week.

I am sure she is following the intructions of her physician and I suggest she keep doing that. I’m sure he has explained at what point she need to seek rehydration in the ER. Rest asured that the baby will be fine.

Post # 6
1785 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Barbiestylez:  oh not fun, I was on IV fluids for a while becuase I was throwing up so much too but thankfully it got a lot better after week 13 or so. Something that did help me a bit (other than zofran) was iced ginger tea. I would chop up pieces of ginger as small as I could find them and pour boiling water over it after a few minuets put it in the fridge. If she likes ginger at all, or can add some honey to make it palateble it is very soothing on the stomach. 

Best of luck girly, Ill keep my fingers crossed, hopefully it will start to get better soon. 

Post # 7
939 posts
Busy bee

Barbiestylez:  I had this and no meds worked for me. I lost 16 lbs in all ( 14  of them in two weeks!), which was over 10% of my body weight, not fun. I really think the thing that helped me was that my doctor had me come in to get IV fluids every 2-3 days. after a week or two of that I felt much much better. I’m 23 weeks and I’m still 2 lbs under my starting weight, but I am feeling much better. Maybe she can see about getting fluids every few days? even if she is still puking it will at least take the edge off. at the worst part of it I couldn’t do anthing other than lay on the couch and try not to cry. there is also a website that is really helpful. I know it was hard for my FI to understand what I was going through, and there is a lot of info on the website about how to be a good support person! try to help her out as much as you can, I felt super depressed and really stressed out because I literally could do hardly anything. I also have a little girl already so I felt like a shitty mom, my sister and my FI ended up being a huge help, and that support really helped me get through the worst of it. 

Post # 8
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Barbiestylez: Oh honey, I TOTALLY sympathise. I was in this same situation last year with my pregnancy, it sounds like she has Hyperemesis Gravidarum. I ended up on a drip from dehydration too. The medication which really helped me was called ‘Cyclizine’ – I took it for lots of my pregnancy and it didn’t make me too drowsy, and I was able to eat most foods again and keep weight on. I found that when I couldn’t keep water down sucking ice cubes helped. It really is terrible to go through but it won’t last forever.

Post # 9
939 posts
Busy bee

also taking benadryl and vitamin B6 at bedtime did help a little bit

Post # 10
541 posts
Busy bee

i have hg, it sucks. With my. First it finally cleared at 22.5 weeks in conjunction with acupuncture. I’m currently 24 weeks and it is worse this time around. I found acupuncture takes the edge off.

Post # 13
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Barbiestylez:  So sorry to hear 🙁 My mom had the same problem the whole time she was pregnant with me (turns out I have a bunch of food allergies, wonder if that has to do with it!) She lived on saltines and water. I hope she can keep it down! It might help to talk to a psychologist actually, this sounds crazy, but they could teach her some relaxation techniques that might be able to help her keep food down. (It’s worked for my nauseau problems, although I haven’t had a baby yet so I don’t know if it works for baby nauseau)

Post # 15
632 posts
Busy bee

Barbiestylez:  ginger helps nausea in a huge way.  Also,  if she’s taking prenatal multiviamins, she should take them with lots of food as they can make anybody nauseous. But seriously, give her ginger, and lots of it. They sell capsules in whole foods or places like that. Go buy her some stat!

I’ve been in situations about to barf, and if I can get a ginger pill down I usually feel Ok within 2 minutes.  

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