My Doctor Explains Why my Hyperemesis Gravidarum Ended Quickly

I wanted to provide a quick update on this subject and share some information from my doctor on the subject of why my hyperemesis gravidarum seemed so short compared to what so many others experience.

Ultimately, it boils down to mean, hard statistics.  The subset of HGers that find their way into the HG community are often ones for whom the HG does not ease in any sort of “normal” time frame.  I put scare quotes around the word normal because there really and truly is a wide variation.  Most of the people who seek solace in the community are ones who need longer term emotional and physical support.  It’s a skewed sample.

You don’t hear as much from HGers like me because many of them aren’t as driven to write about it once it passes.  They simply fall off the radar once they stop feeling ill.  She reminded me that the studies do show that early, aggressive treatment does impact the length and severity of hyperemesis gravidarum.  I happened to fall on the friendly side of the statistics.

She also mentioned that the reason we generally reject the notion that the hyperemesis gravidarum will clear up at 12 weeks is because it’s being told to women at the same time that they’re being told to “suck it up” and that it’s “just part of being pregnant.”  In cases like that, the inadequate treatment almost guarantees that the hyperemesis gravidarum will not clear up.  Aside from that, you really don’t know when it will stop.  False hope can be a devastating thing. I know that first hand from my first pregnancy.

I asked her if what I had was really and truly hyperemesis gravidarum, and she very emphatically assured me that it was.  This really helped me emotionally because there’s a huge part of me that worried that I was just exaggerating the whole thing.  My mind is already starting to erase the memories of the experiences I had.  Knowing that what I experienced was real makes a huge difference for me.

Good News of the Day:  The ultrasound results came back just fine.  Little Muggle-Wump is doing great in there!  And she’s definitely a girl.

Sad News of the Day: Today was my last appointment with my doctor.  I’m being released totally into the care of the midwives.  I am so grateful for how understanding and supportive she is about the whole thing.  While I didn’t like her front desk people and one of her partners, I really and truly can’t say enough wonderful things about the care I received from her.  She is amazing.

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7 thoughts on “My Doctor Explains Why my Hyperemesis Gravidarum Ended Quickly

  1. Ten years ago I had my regular mammogram. A tech that was on the ball saw something funny, but the close up indicated “OK, but don’t miss the next appointment”. After discussion with my dr., did lumpectomy to clear area and found DCIS. Chose double mastectomy and found it on the other side. No chemo, no radiation–but yes, I had cancer and yes I know how you feel–did I REALLY have it since I didn’t have to do all the bad stuff–yep, I’m boobless and I was proactive. You are helping many, so keep on blogging,my dear!

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    1. Thanks Mrs. B. Isn’t it funny how sometimes you start to wonder if what you went through really happened? It’s amazing how healing it is just having someone remind you that it was real. Love you and please send my love to the rest of the Bassetts.

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  2. I had morning sickness 24/7 for the first 14 weeks of my pregnancy, and felt vaguely ill for the reaminder of the pregnancy. I know I did NOT have HG, though; even the shorter version you had this time around was way more intense than what I experienced.

    You went through Hell the first time around, and an abbreviated version of Hell the second time. You’re using your experiences to help others. You have nothing to feel guilty about.

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  3. I felt like this when I had my problems when I was pregnant, especially because I definitely got a vibe from some people that because I didn’t end up hospitalized or didn’t actually deliver early, having three months of preterm contractions was a big overreaction on my part. But we often went through Plan A, B, C, D, E and sometimes F to get to that point, the idea is to be flexible, have a plan for those complications you know from your previous experience might come up, and do the best you can to roll with the punches. And certainly don’t belittle your concerns or your preparations, they were real and being proactive is much, much better (physically and mentally) than waiting for problems to come up before having a plan for dealing with them.

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  4. Thanks for this post. I’ve had the same “guilty” feelings at times. I had HG, no doubt. It lasted the entire pregnancy and I even had intractable postpartum nausea. However, I did not throw up very much. I had nausea so severe that I ended up in the hospital repeatedly for hydration. I had a PICC. I had the Zofran pump the whole pregnancy. I had home healthcare. I just wasn’t throwing up. (I just felt like I was about to 24/7.) But still… I feel like my story is SO much less severe in ways than others. But you’re right. The HG community is supportive, and I’m so grateful. I needed to hear this post tonight. Thank you.

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  5. It is amazing how quickly we can start to doubt our own experiences. You did suffer tremendously and I am so glad that you’re doing well now.

    It’s interesting to learn from Dr. Awesome that some HG patients do experience relief after the first trimester. It seems like you had the perfect combination of excellent care and luck. No doubt more HGers would experience relief sooner if they were taken seriously and got excellent care.

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