Apr 29 2010

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Yep, that’s what Jess has!!  Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of morning sickness, with unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids.  The percentage of pregnant women afflicted range from 0.3% to 2.0%!!  I figure since we only had a minute chance of even getting pregnant with my sperm, that it is only right that we fit into that 2%!!!!! 

Yesterday began completely normal.  We both headed to work, and I got the phone call around 9am.  Jess said she wasn’t feeling good, and she had put a call into the doctor.  Now, I knew she hadn’t been 100 percent for a couple of days, but I had no idea it was this bad.  Jess spent most of her morning in the bathroom (TMI ALERT!!!!!!) with it coming out of both ends!!!!  Her OB sent her directly to the emergency room.  I left work early, but not early enough to catch the first sounds of the heartbeat from our little Choochie.  The ER wanted to check Choochie, and make sure everything was OK.  They told Jess they would try with the doppler, and if they couldn’t find the heartbeat, they would go directly to the ultrasound to make sure everything is OK.  The Docs said not to worry if they didn’t hear anything from the doppler, because it might be a little too early to hear it.  They poked around a bit with no luck until the nurse decided she would give one last try and check higher.  As soon as she moved the probe up, Jess said Choochie was loud and clear, beating at a cool 160bpm’s!!!

They hooked Jess up to IV fluids, and gave her a couple of anti-nasuea shots to even things out.  When they felt she was stable (and not completely pale anymore), they sent us on our way with orders to follow up with the OB today. 

To make a long story short, we headed to the OB today, and were given our marching orders.  They ordered at home IV therapy, and scheduled another checkup for tomorrow.  The company that does the at home therapy called tonight and explained the course of action we would take.  They ordered her continuous IV fluids (IV in the arm) through the weekend as well as a pump for anti-nausea medicine (some kind of port they will put in her thigh).  We don’t have all the details, as they said they would contact us tomorrow, to iron things out.  All I have to say, is this weekend should be very interesting!!  I will definitely keep you all up to speed!!

To Be Continued……..

7 Responses to “Hyperemesis Gravidarum”

  • Fertility Chick Says:

    OMG! Poor Jess!! Glad to hear that the babe is doing okay though. Take care of yourselves – and definitely keep us posted. Will be thinking about you both and sending Jess lots of good thoughts!

  • Wishing4One Says:

    Oh no, poor Jess, poor you. This weekend will not be fun I’m sure- but you will take such good care of Jess. Do let us know how things are going and give her a big hug from Cairo.

  • Michelle Says:

    omg! I’m glad Jess & the baby are fine. Hoping you don’t have to do this much after the weekend.
    Send our best to Jess please.

  • Rachel Says:

    Oh no, poor thing. That sounds awful. I hope the medicine does the trick. I had a friend who almost went on the anti-nausea medicine pump.

  • Katie Says:

    Poor Jess! What an awful thing to have. I am glad they sent her to the ER to make sure everything was okay. Take good care of her this weekend and I hope she starts feeling better soon!

  • Kathy Baker Says:

    My daughter is 12 weeks pregnant as of today. She has been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. Since March 23, she’s lost close to 25 pounds, and I am sitting her with her in her hospital room. This is her 3rd hospitalization in a week and a half. We are at our wit’s end. They give her IV fluids and send her home when she’s hydrated with Zophan tablets. On the way home from the last hospitalization, what is usually a 15-minute trip took over an hour, due to the multiple stops we had to make to let her throw up. Would love to get her at-home IV’s; can you clue us in on how to go about it? We are dealing with this hour by hour, and are desperate to find help.

    Kenny Reply:

    @Kathy Baker, I sent you an E-mail directly

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