Post # 1
My sister recently found out she was expecting and the excitement soon dimished after weeks of severe nausea & throwing up multiple times a day. From week 7-10 she was consistently throwing up and after 8 days straight of 5-6x puking a day, she ended in the ER for dehydration. They gave her a medicine to help with the nausea, and it helped for 2-3 days, and then they doubled the script and that helped for a couple days and since then, shes been extremely ill, cant function at her job and has lot 17 lbs since she found out she was pregnant. She is now 13w & on her 3rd medication which isnt helping at this point. All blood tests/any tests are all normal, she is just severly sick. Shes been throwing up in total for 6 weeks consitently. She is so miserable, I dont know how to help her, so I thought Id come to bee and ask you all mommies/mommies to be! Has this happened to any of you? Are there any remedies that helped you? She is at her witts end in bed today extremely sick. Shes called her doctor again and was told there is one medication left to try. She is terrified of being sick with flu like symptoms for the entire pregnancy. Please help bees!
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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 helpher.org 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
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
also taking benadryl and vitamin B6 at bedtime did help a little bit
Post # 10
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 # 11
Thank you everyone! I am praying my sister will feel better. Poor thing. I will give her all of this advice and hopefully figure out a plan!
Post # 12
Ugh so my sister is on her way to the hospital again. She’s really struggling. I hope the doc helps her somehow.
Post # 13
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 # 14
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Barbiestylez: Unfortunately this happens to a lot of women. Kate Middleton, remember?!
Good article about it here on XOJane: http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/hyperemesis-gravidarum
All she could eat was a salty green apple.
Post # 15
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.