When Morning Sickness Cranks It Up: Dealing with Hyperemesis Gravidarum Like a Boss

ByDara EvangelistaJune 27, 2023
pregnant woman with morning sickness
Hello Mamas!
Congrats on the journey you've embarked on. Pregnancy is an amazing time, but it can also bring with it some unexpected challenges. `Don't worry, though. We're here to break this down and arm you with some coping strategies.
Hyperemesis gravidarum might sound like a mouthful, but simply put, it's a more severe form of morning sickness. When we say "severe," we mean beyond the usual queasiness and discomfort. HG can result in extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting that may lead to weight loss and dehydration, and it often requires medical attention. Now, this might sound scary, but keep in mind, this condition affects a small percentage of pregnancies, and there are ways to manage it.
So, what can you do if you're dealing with HG? Here are a few strategies.
1. Seek Medical Help
The first thing you should do is consult with your healthcare provider. Remember, every Mama's journey is unique, so your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs. Your doctor may suggest a variety of treatments, from dietary changes and vitamin B6 supplements to anti-nausea medication. In more severe cases, hospitalization might be necessary to restore hydration and nutrients.
2. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is crucial. Dehydration can exacerbate HG symptoms and complicate your pregnancy. Drink small, frequent sips of water throughout the day. If plain water doesn't sit well, try adding a slice of lemon or ginger, or consider hydration solutions like sports drinks or oral rehydration salts.
3. Eat Small, Frequent Meals
Eating might be the last thing on your mind when you're feeling nauseous, but an empty stomach can make nausea worse. Try to eat small, frequent meals. Opt for bland, easy-to-digest foods like crackers, rice, or bananas. You might also find that cold meals are easier to tolerate than hot ones.
4. Rest, Rest, Rest
Being a Mama-to-be is tiring work! HG can leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained. Listen to your body and take plenty of rest. You might find that certain positions, like sitting up, can help reduce nausea.
5. Reach Out for Support
Don't underestimate the power of emotional support. Dealing with HG can be challenging. Reach out to your partner, friends, family, or a support group. You're not alone in this, Mama, and it's okay to ask for help.
6. Try Complementary Therapies
Some Mamas find relief from complementary therapies like acupuncture, hypnosis, or ginger supplements. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment, though.
Remember, Mamas, every pregnancy is different. What works for one person might not work for another. The most important thing is to listen to your body and communicate with your healthcare provider. You've got this, and remember, this too shall pass. This is just one part of your journey to meeting your little one, and with the right support and care, you'll get through it.

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