Hyperemesis for what feels like forever…

Hi everyone,

This blog has been really useful and this seems like a really supportive community so I wanted to share my story, in the hopes for some advice or being able to help someone else out!

I’m 23, and currently 22 weeks pregnant with my first baby.

I have worked since I was 14, and I knew I was pregnant before I missed my period because I suddenly started feeling sick every single day and not eating – which was unusual for me! At the start of my pregnancy, I thought it was just morning sickness, but by week 8 of my pregnancy, I had to give up my job as I started feeling really faint and wanting to be sick whenever I stood up for more than 5 minutes or so.

It turns out that this wasn’t normal and I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, which is basically excessively feeling and being sick. It can also cause fainting, and the more my pregnancy has gone on, the more of a recluse and a terrible mum I’ve felt because I can barely stand up or walk anywhere without fainting and/or being sick.

I still live with my mum and my boyfriend lives close by, and they’ve been helping me, but they also keep saying I can’t keep staying in bed – and I know that… I don’t want to stay in bed! 

My boyfriend insisted on taking me for a walk the other day to get me some fresh air, (I know he was trying to be helpful and encouraging!) but I walked about 50 steps before feeling faint and needing to sit down. I ended up being violently sick on the pavement, and lots of passers-by were staring because I’m quite slim so I don’t look pregnant so I probably looked crazy, and my boyfriend had to give me a piggyback home. I also fainted in town a few weeks ago, I managed to get myself to a bench to sit down but I woke up with a lady holding my legs in the air to help me feel back to normal! It was so embarrassing and I was on my own again. Luckily some lovely people were around and gave me a biscuit and a cup of tea and walked me back to my car!!

Anyway, the nurses are now starting to worry about my blood pressure and something called ketosis, which is worrying me. My baby is healthy and I am having super regular check-ups to make sure everything is ok with her, but I’m not sure how much longer I can cope with being sick and not keeping food down! 

I feel exhausted and like a terrible mum already, and I haven’t even had the baby yet! But as long as my baby stays healthy and we manage to move out and get everything sorted before her arrival, I’ll be happy. Here’s to the next 18 weeks and I hope things get better!!

6 thoughts on “Hyperemesis for what feels like forever…

  1. Anonymous says:

    I know exactly how you feel i too had to leave work at 8 weeks, running to find a bucket or carrying a plastic bag around with me was my existence. I couldn’t keep anything down liquid or food and ended up in hospital on drips. The days consisted of feeling sick, trying not to be sick and being sick I’m on so much anti sickness meds but they have cut the sickness down, but the tiredness and feeling faint never gone away. Along with that and spotting throughout its always a worry thinking about baby.
    Your not alone, it’s just taking each day as it comes and in the end it will be worth it 24 weeks left and counting for me. Thank god we have good support in family.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had Hyperemisis and it’s no joke, the fact its reffered to as severe ‘morning’ sickness is so inaccurate. Its all day all night. There needs to be more information available to mums to be about nutrition and medical help, medications that are safe. There are no support groups at all. Women who are suffering with this condition need support as its a very lonely condition, you feel isolated and out of control of your own body. There are high statistics of women having abortions as they simply can’t handle what is happening to them.
    In hospital I was told it goes away around 25 weeks, unfortunately I had had it with a previous pregnancy and it never went away. This time it ended when I was around 28 weeks.
    Good luck to any woman who has this and do whatever you feel is necessary to feel OK day by day, push for help!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have had this with all 3 of my pregnancies and all the way through out too not just a few weeks or months it didnt stop until after my children were born. It’s a horrible thing to go through. Get all the rest you can.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am to currently suffering with Hyperemisis. I have had it with all of pregnancies and I have to say it’s one of the worst things I’ve been through. I literally count down the days until this baby arrives. I’m currently only 13 weeks pregnant so have a long way to go yet. I’ve been put on a drip on a few occasions and am now on medication 3 times a day.
      People honestly don’t understand how difficult it is to deal with but lots of support and rest is good but even that does not help to stop the sickness. Just keep in mind there is an end to it and once you have that baby in your arms it will all be worth it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just had Hg baby no.3! I know exactly how you feel, it’s like having Noro virus 24/7 for the whole nine months, every time I was admitted the doctors would say another couple of weeks and you’ll likely feel better! By 25 weeks the vomiting was down to about 5-7 times a day which was preferable over the 20+ plus times up until then. Women who haven’t been through it just don’t understand

  5. Anonymous says:

    You are an amazing mummy. You feel horrendous yet throughout your post you repeatedly express worry for your baby. That’s being a mummy, an amazing mummy. Try not to worry, baby will be just fine, they take everything and we get nothing! I am 35 weeks into my 2nd HG pregnancy and still feel dreadful. It does come to an end though and your baby will be worth it. It’s just not fair! Look after yourself and be kind to yourself when you can. Us mummies are too hard on ourselves xx

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