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Hyperemesis? Have you tried ginger biscuits?

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Ginandtonicandamassageplease Mon 03-Dec-12 20:18:33

Right, hands up ... anyone who suffered from HG, how many of you were asked if you had tried ginger biscuits? And how many of those helpful people did you punch?

WillYuleDoTheFandango Mon 03-Dec-12 22:06:42

Oh yes chickens and AF I did not dramatically announce to DP at 9 weeks "I can't go on" and then sob for several hours even though i was nowhere near as ill as some of you. At that point I couldn't imagine ever feeling well again and thought that I would feel that way for the rest of my life whole pregnancy

AnyFuckerForAMincePie Mon 03-Dec-12 22:07:11

oxford,...that sounds fucking awful

Follyfoot Mon 03-Dec-12 22:09:12

When I was PG, the midwife had another patient with hyperemesis. She ended up having a termination because she just couldnt carry on. This was around 20 years ago when they were still very wary of giving you any medication at all to treat the nausea. Poor poor lady

NoBloodyMore Mon 03-Dec-12 22:10:15

HG is a bastard, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, I had it with all 3 pregnancies, got sterilised whilst having DS you couldn't pay me enough money to do it again.

How I didn't kill my Mum when she told me if I stopped thinking about it I'd feel better ill never know, cause it's that easy to not think about being sick 40 times a day angry

BikeRunSki Mon 03-Dec-12 22:10:35

A year after my second HG pg I still can't touch ginger. I didn't actually punch anyone, but I did throw up on a wee junior doc who was telling me to snap out of it.

My consultant wouldn't come near me on ward rounds as I was always being sick. He would skip my bay, mumbling about coming back later. An amazing nurse who got me through it mentally chased him up the ward one day and insisted that he write me a new prescription. I often think of her and wish I'd had the strength to say thank you.

guccigirl666 Mon 03-Dec-12 22:16:26

I honestly don't think I could bare another pregnancy in light of the fact it's not just young mums. I read somehwere about women aborting pregnancies - one woman even contemplated throwing herself down the stairs, due to HG. I know what virtually every food feels like to throw back up, fruit cake being the worst, I literally was choking on my own vomit. I also wished death on myself on my lowest days, it was horrific.

MyFace Mon 03-Dec-12 22:18:19

Cortana I had the drugs that burned too! You can feel it going up your arm tingling all the way to your brain. No idea what it was though, but it made me happy and relieved.

pixwix Mon 03-Dec-12 22:24:43

Oh God - HG!

With ds1 I had two admissions for IV fluids and IV anti-emetics - I was ketotic and vomiting every 7 minutes, even water was triggering it.

And yes, I.V cyclizine burns like fuck if it isn't diluted/is given too fast. I still can't eat ginger to this day, cos I've got a conditioned response to it, and it makes me vomit. I tried sea-bands - which I do think helped slightly, although they had to cut it off in the hospital to get the cannula in - so prolly not that much...

With ds2 I had just one admission, and wasn't as bad.

Between 6-9 weeks were the absolute worst - couldn't keep owt down. I was still copiously vomiting between 9-12 weeks, but manageable, and taking in enough fluid etc. at around 16 weeks, it tailed off completely, although between 12-16 weeks it was well on its way out. After that, I was as fit as a lop fortunately - I did all my usual sports, ate like a horse and was really healthy. But jesus - I'll never ever forget weeks 6-9 with both of them.

Cortana Mon 03-Dec-12 22:26:47

YY MyFace that's the one. I've mentioned it to other people before and everyone thought I'd made it up when I was so out of it! It's like whiskey going up your veins.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 03-Dec-12 22:29:08

Oh god the ginger biscuit, dry crackers (what a joy to puke they are), sips of water.

Fuck the fuck off.

The first doctor I saw told me "you're pregnant not ill, it's not an excuse to go to work". I cried all the way home.

Suffered for another week and a half thinking I was being such a wimp because everyone else managed. Once I got to the point where I couldn't hold my head up I went back.

Lovely GP gave me one of those go-straight-to-the-front-of-the-queue hospital admission letters.

I was in for 2 weeks and it was just soul-destroying. No one had a clue what to do. My throat was pouring with blood and the muscles were so strained I couldn't speak at all, not even a whisper.

One consultant even told me, after 10 days on a drip and still 4+ keytones that it was just a case of making an effort to eat and drink more.

They refused to put me in a side room and I didn't have the strength to keep getting up so I lay there on a ward full of strangers puking into a bowl.

After 4 long years ttc I was pregnant with my miracle baby and jealous of the woman who came in after miscarrying as I knew that would make it stop. I'll never forgive myself for thinking that.

Between that and a nightmare birth I've sailed scarily close to PND and PTSD ever since.

I only hope that maybe this will highlight the condition but I have a horrible feeling that Princess Kate will be suffering more than anyone has before and anyone who gets it after her will be "jumping on the bandwagon".

Princesspond Mon 03-Dec-12 22:30:19

Ginger biscuits, wish someone had suggested them wink lost two stone, didnt have the strength to get out of bed and survived on coke only now realising I got very poor care from GP honestly still think some family members think I was being a bit wimpy. I used to lie in bed wishing for death honestly spent years trying to get pregnant but would have been glad if I went to sleep and never woke up.

Second time round I 'just' had bad morning sickness felt sick all day but only vomited once a day, result (or maybe it was those ginger biscuits grin)

Needathickerskin Mon 03-Dec-12 22:30:31

This thread's making me queasy.
I can't eat ginger or mint now.
I remember telling my otherwise excellent MW when she asked that questionnaire thingy that if there wasn't so much to live for I would want to die. She looked at me exactly like this hmm
If I hadn't loved her I may have punched her.

MurderOfGoths Mon 03-Dec-12 22:34:47

I was hospitalised multiple times in my pregnancy, I spent the last 3 weeks of the pregnancy in hospital non-stop. They even induced me 2 weeks early as I was so ill.

I tried all 3 types of pregnancy safe anti-emetics, in every single combination.

Nothing worked.

I couldn't even keep sips of water down. I was so dehydrated that my arms were black and blue where there'd been many attempts to get a canula into my arm. It was so hard to get canula's into my arms, they even tried my feet, and when it came to the labour they were seriously considering a central line in my neck.

And still utter utter fuckwits spent the pregnancy suggesting ginger biscuits and travel sickness bands. angry

OxfordBags Mon 03-Dec-12 22:39:12

AF, it wasn't a barrel of laughs, no.

Also, what pisses me off most is that when the HG abated and the SPD and a whole other raft of probs kicked in, I was bed bound and put on nearly 7 stone (and I genuinely didn't over eat or eat crap)! It feels so unfair somehow to have had really bad HG and yet still end up a fat bastard angry

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 03-Dec-12 22:40:05

I feel your pain Goths. My veins were fucked too.

The pain of them trying to put new canulas in was horrendous. I was crying trying to tell her to stop as she bent another needle trying to get it in but I couldn't speak and didn't have the strength to fight her.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 03-Dec-12 22:43:11

I tried everything anybody suggested but I just spewed and spewed. My worst moment was puking at the smell of someone's dirty hair in a meeting.

DementedHousewife Mon 03-Dec-12 22:47:39

Ginger! ginger is the worst taste ever when you bring it back up. Ginger does not work!
I had HG with my first the only thing that worked was Ondansetron. (when I say worked I mean reducing vomiting episodes to 10+ a day)
My MIL suggested ginger when she visited me in hospital whilst I was being re-hydrated DH said my face said it all, no words were needed, she left shortly after.

MurderOfGoths Mon 03-Dec-12 22:49:58

Oh yes, doctors.

I kept going back to my gp saying, "this isn't right, I can't even keep water down". All I got back was her going on about how she had morning sickness and still managed to work.

I eventually got admitted to hospital and the consultant was appalled that I hadn't been sent in sooner.

moonbells Mon 03-Dec-12 22:53:30

Oh I got to the point where I was going to practice nasal insertion of whole ginger biscuits in the person who suggested it.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 03-Dec-12 23:01:12

Just reading and posting on this thread has got my stomach churning.

I just can't talk about it at all, any of it.

I have to hide all pregnancy and birth related threads because even reading the titles can be too much.

I get the shakes and start crying and my stomach goes into knots.

I'm probably going to have to hide this one too but but I got as far as posting so that's something.

I can't even look at pregnant women in the street. I've had to de-friend any FB friends that have become pregnant.

I honestly don't know what I'll do when it's someone close, I'm dreading it.

socharlotte Mon 03-Dec-12 23:04:04

I had HG really badly and had several hospital admissions.At the worst time after IV anti emetic had failed I went to theatre to have a tube inserted through my nose to drain fluids of my stomach.

GalaxyDisaster Mon 03-Dec-12 23:07:39

I once suggested ginger biscuits to someone. blush In my defence the exchange went like this "So, how are you feeling" "Well, I've been a bit sick" "Oh, poor you, suppose you've tried all the normal stuff like ginger and dry toast".

I was supposed to get HG from "I've been a bit sick". If she'd said "I've been throwing up all day every day and can't even keep water down" my response would have been rather different.

blackeyedsusan Mon 03-Dec-12 23:59:57

i was not sick very often during pregnancy, but I felt sick all the time from6 weeks to 16 weeks. if I moved from horizontal I felt like I was just about to throw up, gagging. it must be so much worse if you are being sick all the time, though I wished i could be sick for some relief and for people to believe thata I felt so grim.

i think ginger worked as the morning sickness was first coming on at 6 weeks and later as it was finally fading at about 15 weeks or so but did nothing to help in the middle, nor do wrist bands... the tablets relieved the feeling of just about to vomit but not the nausea.

ginger biscuits were useful though. dd used to eat them for breakfast when I poked them through the bars of the cot as I was too weak to walk up and down stairs.

BumBiscuits Tue 04-Dec-12 00:04:30

ginger snap anyone?

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