Be Careful What You Wish For!

For years, whenever the topic of morning sickness came up, I would silently bargain with Heavenly Father…I’d give ANYTHING for morning sickness, I promise I’ll never complain, it would be worth every uncomfortable moment if I could just have a baby. Well…He took that to heart, apparently.

Morning sickness has been a BEAR. So incredibly hard. Yes, I am of course thrilled to be pregnant, and yes, it is still worth it–but wow. I was not prepared for this.  I really hoped that after all the troubles of getting pregnant that the actual pregnancy would be a walk in the park and I could be the rare pregnancy unicorn who had everything so easy. Not so.

Apparently, my desire to be unique and special did win out–just not as a happy unicorn.  Instead, I appear to fall in a 2% of pregnancies that experience Hyperemesis Gravidarum. What is that? It’s the mother of all morning sickness…x20. Yay.  This article  explains the difference between HG and regular morning sickness quite well, but essentially HG is it’s own category of pregnancy misery.

Now, before I go any further, I would like to preface this. Some of you may think it’s silly of me to finally get exactly what I’ve always wanted and still find something to complain about. That’s ok. I’m sure I would’ve felt the same way! But you know how I feel when it comes to honesty with this blog, so you get all the ugly too! Again, I am so grateful and so happy to be growing  my own two little babies but this is a lot harder than I expected.

For me, I’ve lost a significant amount of weight (not gaining weight is ok for the babies, but losing weight is a no-no), I throw up at least 5x a day, no exaggeration, I’m nauseous all day, and I’m constantly dehydrated. I can’t keep down anything, including water, gatorade, or other liquids. At my last ultrasound at UFC, Dr. Foulk was pretty concerned about all this and had me  get 2 liters of fluids via IV. That IV was miraculous!! Within a half hour, I felt better than I have in almost 2 months. The IV took about 3 hours total and I felt great for another 4 days.

unnamedWe had hoped that once I got hydrated I would be able to sustain it, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. Despite trying everything under the sun to control the nausea and vomiting, from teas and herbal remedies, saltines and ginger ales, to all sorts of protocol and prescriptions from my doctors, I’ve still become very dehydrated and lost more weight. So far, Zofran has helped me to only vomit 2-3 times a day and keep the nausea manageable enough that I can work, but really only the IV has helped.  I’m probably getting another one on Friday and we’ll be discussing if a more long-term pic line would be better for me, since it seems likely I’ll need to get one every week or so.

I’m hitting 10 weeks on Sunday. Regular morning sickness usually subsides after the first trimester and I’m not giving up hope that I could start feeling better in a couple of weeks. However, a lot of people with HG deal with the symptoms throughout their whole pregnancy. I have some family members who have experienced this and for them it got much more manageable after 20 weeks…here’s hoping!

Right now my day to day revolves around dragging myself to work and then coming home and seeking refuge with my kitty and my bed, so blogging has been a low priority. I would still love to share how I got to surprise Jason with a pregnancy announcement and to share some more ultrasounds, so hopefully those will come along soon!

5 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Wish For!”

  1. I’m sorry you’re so sick! I had a similar experience… I guess the difference with me was I didn’t throw up quite as much. I would dry heave hard core dozens of times a day over the toilet but didn’t throw up quite as much. Luckily that meant I didn’t get as dehydrated, but yeah it was really hard. I would have lots of people be like “oh just do ____! It cured me!” and nothing worked… so yeah, I totally feel for you! Sometimes it takes a really long time to pass (it took til about 20 weeks for me), but eventually it does… hang in there. 🙂

  2. Katie,

    SO sorry you’re having such a time of it! I’m really thrilled you have those babies in there, but I do so wish it wasn’t so hard on you. I worry for you and for them. My prayers are with you and Jason and your little ones on the way. Hope the IV can continue to help, that you’ll stop losing weight and that things do get easier after the first trimester (hey, it would be OK for things to mellow out BEFORE the first trimester, too!). Don’t feel bad about “whining about getting what I wanted” — we ALL do that in various ways. This is HARD, and it’s allowed to be hard and I hope that a bit of “whining” (which I don’t think this is — it’s just honestly reporting for experience) can sometimes help ease the problem just a bit. Let me know if I can help in any way at all!

  3. Okay, I know you posted this a whole ago and I’m SURE you get tips all the time to the point that you just want to wear ear plugs everywhere you go, but I’ve been thinking about you guys a lot and thought I would offer my small piece of the advice for the nausea on the small chance you haven’t tried it. What really helps me is sucking on hard candy. Jolly Ranchers are great, root beer barrels really helped my anxiety nausea tonight, butterscotch candies, anything really. They also have “Preggie Pops” which are suckers for morning sickness that my sister swears by. Honestly, I’m sure you’ve already tried that, so I’m sorry to be one of “those people.” I hope you feel better soon!!

    1. Thanks for the support!! I found hard candies that are from the same people who make the preggie pops and those help on my more mild days! Sadly, I still haven’t found my fix-all 🙁 zofran and more IVs have been the only thing to make things bearable! I hope this phase is almost done, I might be overly optimistic but I think it might be!

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