Hyperemesis Gravidarum

August 17th, 2009

I have the distinct pleasure of caring for a newly pregnant mom. I am so pleased that she called for services because so many people assume that they have to be on bed rest to be served by Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Actually it was her mother who first contacted me. It seems that the poor dear is struggling horribly with nausea and vomiting-Hyperemesis Gravidarum. While nausea and vomiting are common in the early weeks of pregnancy, for some women, the nausea and vomiting are extreme and unrelenting. In the case of this lady, she is so ill that she is having IV fluid replacement every other day, is able to eat little to nothing and is losing weight. Her OB tried prescribing Zofran and Reglan but she can’t keep them down. As you can well imagine, she is worn out.

The exact cause of Hyperemesis Gravidarum is unknown, but most experts believe that it HG occurs due to the rapid rise in hormones during early pregnancy. As the first trimester ends and the hormones even out at their newly elevated levels, most women stop being so nauseous and the vomiting stops. However, for a very small percentage, the nausea and vomiting persist throughout the entire pregnancy and only cease with delivery. My poor client is hoping that her symptoms will cease over the next couple of weeks. If they don’t, she may be one of the unlucky few that has nausea and vomiting for the duration of her pregnancy.

The home care attendant suggested Preggie Pops, naturally flavored lollipops specially formulated to newly pregnant moms suffering with nausea. She purchased some of the pops for this client, but unfortunately to date, they have not helped. An herbalist friend produces an herbal tea for pregnancy nausea and I may see if I can get a sample for this lady. Thinking outside the box she may want to consider herbal/homeopathic remedies, acupressure, acupuncture or even hypnosis. nausea-thumbHopefully we’ll find something that will abate the nausea and vomiting.

In an effort to find an effective remedy for my client’s nausea and vomiting, I consulted my fellow Twitter “mama care givers”. The following are their suggestions and their twitter ID’s. These are some very wise folks and worth following for their knowledge and wisdom of pregnancy, labor, birth and post partum care.

@birthserene-“I have found that sour Lifesavers work as well as Preggie Pops and they cheaper and easier to find.”

@DrJenGunter- “I find that real gingerale (Not Canada Dry) is helpful for nausea. She could also try candied ginger.”

@OrganicWomBaby- “Nausea is usually linked to problems in the digestive system. Relief is often found in dietary changes, Enzyme therapy and emotional healing.

One important note, if a woman develops severe nausea and vomiting in the 3rd trimester, she should seek medical attention immediately!! This is often a sign of Pre-Eclampsia; severe hypertension, extremity swelling and protein in the urine. If left unchecked, this condition can lead to stroke or even be fatal. Thanks to @KeepEmCookin’ for supplying this very important information.