What’s the best way to treat hyperemesis gravidarum?
You commonly hear about morning sickness, but what if the nausea is so severe, you're finding a hard time coping? Here, signs you could have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum and what you should do about it.
Try modifying your diet to have small, frequent meals (an empty stomach can sometimes trigger more nausea), avoiding fatty foods and drinking plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration. If that still doesn’t help, your doctor may suggest taking the vitamin B6, which in some cases has been shown to decrease nausea in pregnancy, or even certain anti-nausea prescription medications.
What can I do to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum?
Unfortunately, there’s not much, if anything, you can do to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum. But the good news is that while it’s sheer misery when you’re in the midst of it, this is one condition that definitely goes away the moment your baby is born.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have hyperemesis gravidarum?
“I had this with my first, and it was significantly worse with my second. I was hospitalized and on home health care with IVs and a Zofran pump for several months. We are currently planning TTC our third, and I am terrified of going through it again.”
“I have had it both pregnancies, but mine was and still is manageable. They almost sent me home with an IV about 12 weeks or so, but things got better, so I did not end up with that route. I have a friend that was so bad that she needed the IV and nurse care at home for quite some time.”
“I was on three different medications that I injected into my IV line that I had all the time. I had a backpack IV bag so I could leave the house with my IV pole. Unfortunately, there wasn’t that much that helped me and I was sick until I delivered.”
Are there any other resources for hyperemesis gravidarum?
HER (Hyperemesis Education & Research) Foundation
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