I made it to Target yesterday between swim class and nap time to pick up the last of the items for my hyperemesis gravidarum kit, and last night, while my daughter ate star and heart shaped sandwiches, I put the whole thing together.
This kit contains my Essentials for Surviving the First Weeks contained in one compact, and easily accessible unit. Fancy!
Here’s what’s in The Kit.
Let me apologize for the picture quality. It was at night. It was on my phone. My camera is in Europe with my husband.
I started with getting together the medicines that will be my first line of defense (refer to my HG protocol for timing and dosage).
From left to right they are:
- Zofran 8 mg ODT tablets – It’s a starter Rx of 15, I’ve got a prescription on hand for a full months supply that I will fill when I become pregnant
- Unisom – NOT the sleep melts, plain old Doxcilimine Succinate
- A pill splitter
- Generic Pepcid – Last time everything turned to acid in my mouth so I couldn’t eat. Hopefully this will help with that.
- Generic Colace – Trust me, if you’re taking Zofran, you will need this stuff.
- Generic Ketone test strips
- What’s missing? B6. I have regular B6 on hand, but I’m ordering the sublingual B6 from the natural food store. It just hasn’t come in yet.
After I got the druuugs together, I put together some natural remedies. We’re going to be hitting this from all sides.
(Dang that’s blurry!) From left to right they are:
- Crystalized Ginger
- 550 mg Ginger pills
- Ginger chews
- Rescue remedy Pastilles – Rescue Remedy came highly recommended by a UK HGer who’s been through this many times and plans to become an HG Doula. I’m givin’ it a shot!
- Aromatherapy blend – Aura Cacia Pep Talk: cardamom seed oil, sweet orange oil, lemon oil, peppermint oil
- Organic hard candy variety bag
Now for the comfort measures. Things that won’t help with the puking, but may help me feel more comfortable.
There’s a lot here. I’m going to work in a circle, left to right on the back row, then right to left across the front:
- Cooling gel eye mask
- Baby washcloths
- Facial cleansing cloths
- Generic Lysol disinfecting wipes – These won’t actually go in the kit. I picked up a 3 pack. One for each toilet. Believe me, when you’ve got your head in the bowl for days on end, the last thing you want to look at is toilet grode.
- (front row) Sensitive, unscented baby wipes
- Chewing gum
- Child’s toothbrush – The smaller head may be less gag inducing than a full sized adult brush.
- Child’s toothpaste – The gentler flavor may be less of a trigger than the strong adult stuff.
- Chapsticks: Burt’s Bees and Alba – Variety to see which one works best for me.
Because of the upcoming holidays, I need something that will travel easily. For the medicines and smaller essentials, I purchased a cute travel case. It’s actually got 2 zippers meaning I can put a luggage lock on it to keep out curious toddlers.
This will be my grab and go kit. This will go with me to San Francisco for Thanksgiving and then Ecuador for Christmas.
Into the travel kit went:
- Everything from the medicine list
- Everything from the natural remedies – A selection of the candies is in a ziplock bag on top of the case.
- A Lip gloss
It all fit very neatly. Now I’ve got a grab and go, kit-within-a-kit that is perfect for travel. It will probably also be good for the office when the HG still allows me to work.
I want to keep this stuff together under my sink, so I picked up a cute storage bin. This way, it can live under my sink in readiness and then come out and be part of the regular house without being hideously ugly!
Everything fits neatly. Nice, contained, and compact.
A Note about Food Items: I received a suggestion here and several suggestions on the HelpHer forums for different food items to include. Things like Jello, Gatorade, cookies, etc. I definitely took those suggestions! I just didn’t put them in this kit because of where I am storing it. I’m just not super comfortable with keeping food items under the bathroom sink. I’m building my snack stash separately, in the pantry.