Understanding Hypermesis and wanting it to stop…..NOW!

Published January 13, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

Having to watch my only child nauseous on a daily basis is so hard to look at. In a perfect world, I wish mothers-in-waiting would not have to deal with changes in their bodies or disruptions of their mental state. There would be fewer stories about the mother killing their own children or the notion that ‘they are going crazy’ only if they were given attention. Fortunately, my daughter has a very strong support system all around her to help her through such troubled times. Although she will Locket Grampa Joe and Grandma Cheryl got mommyhave to experience these things, she has a strong family that will always be there in her time of need. I hope she remembers that.

On our last visit to the OBGYN, we were told that she has been dealing with Hypermesis Gravidarum, or not ‘Morning Sickness’. This is not so simple to deal with. Although my daughter has actually gained a few pounds in her pregnancy (only 8 lbs due to the morning sickness since the beginning), she has been put on anti-nausea medicine and has been on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy. She has been able to eat a lot more and exercises frequently which I am glad and my stress-level has lowered a bit.

Much of the population does not understand how severe this Hypermesis Gravidarum can be to an expectant mother and her unborn child. Not only is this severe form of nausea and vomiting during a period (or like my daughter’s case) throughout the pregnancy term, but it has been described as preventing the adequate intake of the important foods and fluids that the mother and child need. If it is not treaded in a timely fashion, dehydration and nutritional deficiencies may happen, metabolic imbalances and difficulty with the daily activities can occur. Although HG is not fully understood and severely under examined, new theories and findings are emerging with every year. The finding are complex and it is thought to be a physiological disease caused by many factors.

As the symptoms of the HG bring on other new symptoms, repeated vomiting and severe nausea rears its ugly head for a whole new set of other problems we have to worry about. Common complications can include debilitating fatigue, gastric irritation, ketosis and malnutrition. That, my friends is scary. Scary of not knowing what is going on inside my daughter’s metabolism, scary to know this could potentially harm my grand daughter and scary to know there is little that I can do to combat it. How do you prevent this potentially life-threatening complications? As a mother, I want to take this pain and suffering that she is enduring…and experience it for myself so she doesn’t have to.

This is not over…

For more in-depth information about Hypermesis Gravidarum or Morning Sickness, please visit:




13 comments on “Understanding Hypermesis and wanting it to stop…..NOW!

  • The term morning sickness makes it sound like something that a woman on experiences for a short while first thing in the morning, me I had all day and half the bloody night sickness but not as bad as your daughter thankfully, I hope she improves soon, it is not nice and can be very serious

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  • I am sorry to hear that your daughter is suffering through this unpleasant condition. I had a client with HG once and it was terrible for her until about week 25. One thing to note though, HG is distinct from “morning sickness”. Morning sickness is a very normal feature of many healthy pregnancies that occurs in the first trimester. It typically passes by the 13th week and can be dealt with by eating small, frequent meals and sipping ginger tea. For some women it includes occasional vomiting (even once a day), but for many it is just a queasy feeling. It does not require anti-emetics or bed rest. Though unpleasant, it is actually a good sign – women who experience morning sickness are less likely to miscarry. Despite the name, it can occur at any time of day. HG, in contrast, involves much more severe nausea and vomiting – often women with HG are unable to even keep water down without the aid of anti-emetics. As you indicate here, it leads to medication (often via IV) and bed rest. Sadly, you are also correct in stating that it is still not well-understood. It can be a very dangerous condition as many women are unable to gain weight and may even lose weight during their pregnancies, which poses risks for their babies. Dehydration is also a major concern. All the best to your daughter; I hope that the meds work for her and that she is able to carry through her pregnancy in relatively good health. For more info on HG: http://www.helpher.org/health-professionals/treatments/index.php

    • Oh yes. I know the difference. We found out the difference when her doctor told us that it isn’t just “morning sickness” anymore. She was told she needs to be on bed rest for the next quarter of her pregnancy. She only walks around the neighborhood (with me) one-three times a week depending on her energy-level but she remains alway tired and nauseated. We are told that little meals is actually what she needs so we are following those orders. Although she is following this regiment very well, she has only gained 2-3 lbs but she was stocky in the beginning so I don’t think that is much of a problem. Victoria is moving about like a ‘mad-baby’ to the point that my daughter proclaims “She’s trying to escape!” which eases my mind. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

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