Chat on hyperemesis and morning sickness

No doubt you have heard that Kate Middleton, Dutchess of Cambridge, is pregnant. The news came as she was admitted to hospital suffering from a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, HG. 

As many of you moms well know, 50-90% of women report some nausea and vomiting, especially in early pregnancy. But in rare cases, about 1 in 200, pregnant women develop this severe morning sickness that prevents them and their babies from getting the nutrients and water they need. HG is marked by severe nausea and vomiting accompanied by dehydration and weight loss, and women can report feeling their heart racing or lightheadedness. It’s a serious matter and must be treated and watched carefully.

Join us and Dr. Dolan this Wednesday, Dec. 5th, at 3 PM ET for a #pregnancychat on hyperemesis – who’s at risk and different treatments. Feel free to ask questions. Did you have hyperemesis? Share your experience, how you handled it, what support you got or needed.

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11 Responses to “Chat on hyperemesis and morning sickness”

  1. Christine Says:

    I had severe hyperemesis plus horrible migraines, where I literally lived in my room and bathroom for 5 1/2 months. My husband would come home to me passed out in our hallway bc I didn’t have enough in me to make back from the bathroom to my room. No matter what went down, it was sure to come right up! The bathroom was changed from white to red in a matter of seconds from once incidence! The worst part of it all was literally having no warning and puking all over my mother-in-laws dashboard, a new car, and having to turn around to go home and try to clean it. I was so embarrassed and felt horrible, anytime we’d try to get me out of the house and go out to eat, we’d literally be pulling over and there I’d go again 🙁 I seriously felt like I was going to die and I was amazed my lil one came out so perfect and healthy bc I literally had nothing left to give. IV’s became my only nourishment and the whole saltine crackers in the morning was a joke! Thankfully just before I hit 6 months, I walked outside and everyone looked at me like “she’s alive” and it was the best feeling in the world! Unfortunately I ate everything in site after that and gained more than I should’ve, but I was so hungry after that long! My doctor tells me not to tell other women bc it will put him out of the baby business! LOL I’ve also heard that sickness is a good sign showing a healthy pregnancy. lNeedless to say I would do it all over again bc my son is the greatest gift and I hope I am able to have more in the future!

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Christine, thanks for sharing your story. Sorry you were so miserable, but it’s great to know son is doing well. Hope to see you on the chat.

  3. Jaime Says:

    Christine, thanks for sharing. Although I dont wish this on anyone and would stop my sickness at any cost, it does help to know other people have and are going through it. I hear people say that they had morning sickness and advise me to try to go about my day as normal as possible. I have found that impossible. It makes me feel weak, like it’s in my head and other women have done this for years and years and continued to work etc…but my sickness has been so bad that crying is my only comfort. It’s the only thing that gives me relief and release sometimes of all the grief and pain associated with it. It’s so hard, and I applaud you for dealing with it for 6 months and being willing to do it again. At this point I say I wont, but then I haven’t met my child yet. I will meet him or her in June. Take care and thanks again for sharing your experience.

  4. sierra Says:

    Mine started at exactly 6 weeks and at first we thought it was the flu because we had never heard of it being so bad. Ive been hospitalized 5 times, been given fluids, zofran, vitamins through iv because my electrolytes were dangerously crazy and had many tests on my heart due to the rapid beating. And im only 18 weeks… I had to quit my job because working is impossible and we have looked at the possibility of a feeding tube. Thankfully it has not gotten that bad. Yet. Im hoping its wearing off but randomly I start losing everything in my system again. And if theres nothing there its dry heaving all night for me. Now I have terrible headaches as well. Im having twins so I honestly will never do this again. Its been terrifying for me and im so unprepared for these babies due to inability to work and buy everything theres so much stress. I love them so much and I pray they come out healthy but this is it for me. I’ve been looking for chat groups everywhere trying to find people who suffer from it as well and dont just study it. I have an irrational fear that after they born it still wont go away.

  5. Dominique Says:

    I need help u can’t do this I’m only 3 months and I want to give up I cry everyday this is worst experience of my life. It’s supposed to be happy. I feel so alone nobody believes me my Dr even thinks I’m crazy. I’m so sick been off work for 3 weeks in bed that’s it that’s all I can’t do anything. I feel so helpless I need help. Already been in hospital and they have me a shot of maxeran or whatever it did nothing then again a shot of gravol…..still nothing. I’m in so much discomfort it’s like being your worst hangover ever 24/77 days a week every minute of them day how am I supposed to make.ot to 9 months how do u woman do it you must be superwoman them amount of times I cry because I debate giving up. It’s their most difficult thing ever faced in my life. Yet all I ever wanted was my own family. My man is so good about it but I’m miserable. I’m so sick I’m miserable and cranky about everything. Please help me

  6. Sara Says:

    Hello, I’m 7 weeks pregnant and I have been throwing up non stop for the last week. I was admitted to hospital and only after 3 full days of medication ect did my condition start to improve. But I still feel pain in the stomach and I’m not sure exactly what I should be eating or if the pains gonna get worse again. Does anyone have any advice?

  7. Caroline Torres Says:

    As I’m writing this laying on the bathroom floor with my face in the toilet, my head spinning, face sweating, heart racing, stomach turning, my throat gagging because it’s about to come up and my stomach gradually increases in pain and urge to puke…. I throw up but it doesn’t end there, after I throw up I feel no relief, more pain, sore throat,dry mouth, horrid acid taste on my tongue , it doesn’t get better. I mean, I’m almost 33 weeks pregnant and from the momment I saw those two lines on that test my whole life came crashing down like a cannon ball. I mean, isn’t this supposed to be a beautiful experience? I mean if it’s like this in the beginning it would of been easier to deal with…. My whole pregnancy? !! I can’t , I’m at the end of my rope. I can’t eat , I can’t drink, I’m losing weight. Doctors are telling me to gain ? How?! I’m throwing up!! They can’t help me , no one can!!!! I feel alone and I really can’t anymore, I feel like I’m dying , like a semi truck hit me and took me across the state, (I think that would of been less painful) I wish this on no one and I need help and no one understands, I’ve taken all kinds of medicine and nothing. Crackers and all these things will neverrrrrrr work for me. I’ve tried EVERYTHING! I don’t know how I will live to then end of this!! I want to die … I wish I would never wake up so I don’t feel this. I’ve never been in soo much pain. How can noone see this as a big deal? How do we not have enough support? Or compassion? Why must we feel like this… Please someone explain why noone cares… About me, about us. This is a terrrrible experience and if I make it I don’t think I can anymore.. What do I do????? Someone tell me! I can’t live another day. I can’t throw up anymore… Please MAKE IT STOP!!

  8. Sara Says:

    Im going thru it again with my forth child im 13 wks 1day, i have a 9yr gap between my 3rd and this one and kinda forgot how awful it is, the worst of it is people just dont understand, im up any where from 1:30am to 5am sick every single day its quite draining and can last all day, im on maxolon and zofran waffers when its really bad wish i could experience a normal non sick pregnancy.

  9. Sara Says:

    Im going thru it for a forth time its really not the experience you hope to have but its the experience we are given, i was sick right up until i gave birth and was scared id wake up the next day sick but i couldnt believe how good i felt after she was born. Take each day as it comes its all we can do, just know theres a light at the end of this tunnel

  10. lyndsay Says:

    Hi I can’t help but comment on your post in 13 weeks today and I’m suffereing very bad I’m bed bound and just want someone to talk to going threw the same thing x

  11. lyndsay Says:

    I was wondering if threr is any women going threw the same as me with this hypermsis I’m bed bond I feel terrible can’t stop crying been hosptialised 3 times on I.v drips already and I’m.only 13 weeks it would be nice to have someone talk to whos going threw the same thing as me