HG: The First 3 Months...
The last 3 months have been the hardest of my life. I prayed I wouldn't get Hyperemesis gravidarum with a second pregnancy but I knew the odds were against me.
I was first sick at 2 weeks 6 days, a week and a day before my missed period. I was convinced I had a bug but when it continued and no one else got ill, I accepted that I must be pregnant.
My first admission to hospital was the day I turned 4 weeks, my ketones were the max and I had lost 6lb. I was hooked up to drips and had bags of fluid put through me untill I was fit enough to go home. This was the start of a regular routine.
At 6 weeks the doctors told me my liver was having problems and I was booked for weekly blood tests and liver scans. My medication was changed in the hope it might help but I was readmitted 36 hours later.
Doctors told my my circulation had shut down in my legs and arms due to extreme dehydration and malnutrition.
My original medication was re-prescribed and the doctors agreed to watch and wait to give me and my body time to come back and fight.
I have spent the last 9 weeks in bed, only moving for hospital appointments. And my body is fighting! Although I am still sick everyday and nauseous 24 hours a day, my weight loss has stabilised and my liver is recovering.
My last 9 weeks in numbers: 15 visits to hospital 6 scans 1 liver scan 16 blood tests 4 cannulas (and 4 failed cannulas) 3 different anti sickness meds 1 and a half stone lost.
HG is not just 'bad morning sickness'. We have a long 6 months ahead and I know I may not be better until the baby arrives. But I am eternally grateful to my truly amazing friends and family who have not only kept in contact but offered help, support, looked after my other little one, and driven me to appointments! I couldn’t have done this without you!
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