I crave protein, too. Anyway, the nutritionist is a specialist in hyperemesis. My MIL is a nutritionist and was shocked at my diet, too, but it's a common diet among nutritionists who are very knowledgable about hyperemesis. I was under the impression that I should eat whatever I could, but they've helped me understand why those choices weren't always great choices and how they could hurt me more. I'm really learning WHY I should eat what they're telling me to eat and WHY I should avoid what I'm not supposed to eat. It's nice to know the reasons, not just be told to eat it because they said so.[/QUOTE]
The nutritionist I saw was an expert on hyperemesis also. She and the drs (also experts in hyperemesis) were concerned that I had lost approx. 12% of my body weight which is not good. They gave the same advice on what and what not to eat but they also tried to encourage me that if there was ANYTHING my body could tolerate to go for it. At that time, I was not eating at all and was losing weight rapidly. They were concerned about calories for me and the baby. I was at the point where I was not eating at all and could not tolerate anything. I was subsisting on the i.v alone. When I asked why the protein helped in my case, they told me that what one person can tolerate another cannot. I threw up trying to eat crackers, watermelon etc. The only thing that handled my nausea was protein. It may not work in all cases but it most certainly worked in mine.
How is hyperemesis gravidarum treated? Your treatment will depend on how bad your hyperemesis is. Always work closely with your caregiver to find the treatment that is right for you. You may need to receive more treatment in the hospital if you cannot control your hyperemesis at home. Some of the treatments for hyperemesis may include:
Avoid foods that make you feel sick to your stomach. Foods that have strong odors may cause nausea for some women.
Avoid having an empty stomach. Eat small meals often throughout the day.
"Eat low fat, high protein foods. Examples of these foods are lean meat, beans, and turkey or chicken without the skin."
Eat bland foods such as dry toast, dry cereal, noodles, and bread. Other bland foods are bananas, apples, rice, and popcorn without butter. Avoid spicy and greasy or fried foods.
Eat crackers or dry toast before you get up from bed in the morning. Get out of bed slowly. You may also try eating a snack before you go to bed at night. Keep crackers or dry toast at your bedside to eat during the night if you wake up hungry.
If drinking liquids with meals makes you sick to your stomach, drink liquids between meals instead. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before drinking liquids. Drink small amounts of liquids often.
On days when you feel better, eat a variety of foods from all the food groups.http://www.drugs.com/cg/hyperemesis-gravidarum.html