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post #121 of 630
if you have numbness get a blood test done to check for deficiencies. B-1 is especially common for those of us with HG and can be life threatening if not treated.
post #122 of 630
Where was this tribe when I was pg with my DD?!!! I have found comfort in reading all of your stories. I was never diagnosed, but I lost weight in the first trimester, and was terribly sick 24 hours a day from 5 weeks until month 7, then sick part of the day until birth. I just wanted to say that it's great you have all joined this tribe
We will be thinking of adding another member to our family sometime soon, and I'm terrified of having a similar pregnancy or worse.

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It's funny that, despite how sick I was, I can't remember when the vomiting began. I am only four weeks now (conceiving after a m/c) and wondering when I should be ready for this to begin. I'm a student, so I'm wondering if I should work ahead on some of my work. With my last pregnancy, the HG was so bad, I had to drop out of school.
I barely made it through an online term during my early pregnancy. If I were you I would get as much done asap as possible. I was also so bad with my last pregnancy that I also had to take terms off.
post #123 of 630
Did anyone else not take (or are not taking) prenatal vitamins? I tried for about 2 weeks, but could not keep them down. Seems like I even tried some that were supposed to stay down better, and they didn't. Anyone else have this happen?
post #124 of 630
Maybe this is an odd question, but what do you do about brushing your teeth? I try every morning and often times it triggers vomiting. If I don't brush I have a terrible taste in my mouth. I desperately want to brush my tongue to freshen up, but I *know* that will send me over the edge.
post #125 of 630
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Did anyone else not take (or are not taking) prenatal vitamins? I tried for about 2 weeks, but could not keep them down. Seems like I even tried some that were supposed to stay down better, and they didn't. Anyone else have this happen?
With my 1st pregnancy I took them at night, but w/ my 2nd and 4th pregnancies I couldn't take them at all. (3rd pregnancy was 12 wks, no HG, lost baby.)
post #126 of 630
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Maybe this is an odd question, but what do you do about brushing your teeth? I try every morning and often times it triggers vomiting. If I don't brush I have a terrible taste in my mouth. I desperately want to brush my tongue to freshen up, but I *know* that will send me over the edge.
I never actually had that problem, but I know several women who did.

I also know that MANY of us, able to brush or not, have to deal w/ follow up dental issues. I've already dropped $5K on my mouth and we're not done yet.
post #127 of 630
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Originally Posted by seeing_stars View Post
Maybe this is an odd question, but what do you do about brushing your teeth? I try every morning and often times it triggers vomiting. If I don't brush I have a terrible taste in my mouth. I desperately want to brush my tongue to freshen up, but I *know* that will send me over the edge.
oh my this gets me too!! I brush AFTER I have eaten and have a happier stomach. I use fennel toothpaste b/c mint makes me vomit. and I don't brush if I'm really feeling sick. oh well, I gargle with water or something.
post #128 of 630
I did not take prenatal vitamins with any of my pregnancies. I tried each time but they always immediately made me puke. As for brushing teeth, I would wait for a time when I wasn't too terribly pukey and just do it really quick. I have tons of cavities in my wisdom teeth now and they all need to be pulled. They were fine until I started having kids.
post #129 of 630
I couldn't brush my teeth most of the pregnancy. On a doc's advice I chewed a tums after each vomit episode to neutralize the acid for my teeth and keep decay from happening. It actually worked pretty well and I had less tooth damage this PG than others.

Tums wise the tropical fruits and chocolate ones worked best.

As far as vitamins go, I couldn't do it. I couldn't even do the cherry-flavored kids liquid ones. I got cereals with 100% RDA and tried to have one bowl a day (didn't sometimes, but tried).
post #130 of 630
Vitamins - last pregnancy I couldn't keep any down until the last trimester. I am really happy I was able to take my Omegas and EPO to help with delivery. This time I'm using Nature's Plus liquid prenatal with good success. It tastes like a fruit smoothie.

Teethbrushing - I had a severe gag reflex and costant vomiting last time and couldn't even manage to rinse with plain water. As a result I needed several thousand dollars worth of post-pregnancy dental work. This pregnancy I figured out that non-foaming toothpaste was less of a trigger, I'm using Vita-myr orange flavor. My teeth are in much better shape.

Two things I learned recently - flouride toothpaste and mouthwash can actually harm your enamel if they are used after episodes of vomiting. Plain water or better still is salt water because it restores the natural acidic balance and prevents cavities.

I had a prenatal dental appointment last week and they put a big foam tray in my mouth without even telling me they were going to do it. I immediately started gagging and it was awful! They said I need three fillings, but it's not safe to do them all at once because I'm pregnant and it would be too much anesthesia. They are very small cavities on the front of my teeth, not root canals or anything. Did anyone else have dental work while pregnant? I'm going to try to get my OB to give me the OK to have them all done at once. I can't get a babysitter and go through all the anxiety and discomfort of three seperate dental visits!
post #131 of 630

re: brushing teeth

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Maybe this is an odd question, but what do you do about brushing your teeth? I try every morning and often times it triggers vomiting. If I don't brush I have a terrible taste in my mouth. I desperately want to brush my tongue to freshen up, but I *know* that will send me over the edge.
I bought all natural mouthwash, and would gargle instead...
post #132 of 630
Oh my GOSH!!! I wish I had known about this tribe MONTHS ago! I, too have had the "why did I do this again? whay does my body hate being pregnant?, etc etc feelings" I am certain that I had some HG with my first pregnancy, and I know I had it with my second- the problem was, I still gained weight, despite the vomiting (like due to fluid retention in my tissues, which seems counter-indicated, who knows). Anyhow, this time, I had MW care straight from the start (first was all OB care, second was OB/doula for 30 weeks, then OB/MW), and bless her, we tried EVERYTHING. I was lucky in that I only ended up in the ER for fluids once, but honestly, I probably should have been in more often, I just couldn't bear the idea of what would happen to the rest of my family if I was hospitalized. I, too, feel like I'm being forced into "this has to be my last baby, I can't do this again". Honestly, has anyoine else found themselves in a total financial wreck due to their HG?
post #133 of 630
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Honestly, has anyoine else found themselves in a total financial wreck due to their HG?
Yes! :

I'm also Carrie.
post #134 of 630
Almost 9 weeks pg here with DC5 and dealing with hyperemesis for the first time. I don't have it as bad as some of you ladies (my heart goes out to all of you!), but have most of the tell-tale signs. It was wreaking havoc on my ability to care for my kids, to eat, just to function normally. I'm currently on Zofran, which has helped SO much. I'm hoping that having it treated early will keep me from some of the more severe aspects like weight loss and hospitalization. I'll let you know how it goes...
post #135 of 630
O-M-G, I should have signed on here months ago! Still puking at 30 weeks, and this morning I didn't get to the Zofran in time. It completely saps my energy. It wasn't like this with DD1. I kept hoping it would get better, after we moved, after we got settled, etc., etc. But then we got hit with a hurricane (Ike), and I feel like I'm barely keeping my head above water here. (No damage from Ike, just a major setback in terms of money, time, energy...the house is an absolute wreck.)

Thanks for the tip about the flouride.
post #136 of 630
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PSA:

If you're taking Zofran...

Make sure you take a stool softener, too. You DO NOT want constipation!!!
post #137 of 630
I am now four weeks and so far, no vomiting or nausea. I feel a little dizzy now and then and wonder when it's coming on. I've starting doing as much work for my classes as possible right now (with a three year old, haha) in preparation for the HG. I still can't remember when the vomiting set in during my last pregnancy. 6 weeks? 8? I remember wondering where it was and slightly hoping it would come, just to give me a sign that all was progressing as expected. I guess I got what I asked for. Haha.

One of my favorite and most-trusted herbalists says that wild yam tincture can help with HG. I have found that taking it now has helped ease the slight nausea.

Has anyone had HG for one pregnancy and then go on to not have it again? I hear this is rare, but I'm clinging to the possibility.

Blessings-
post #138 of 630
i forgot to mention...the only thing i could brush my teeth with was fennel toothpaste. who knows why... but it was the only thing that i could brush with without vomiting.

i also did a lot of rinsing; some days i just couldn't get the brush in my mouth. i had my only cavity develop when i was pregnant and probably because i couldn't brush three times a day. no way!
post #139 of 630
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Originally Posted by ~lioneyes~ View Post
Did anyone else not take (or are not taking) prenatal vitamins? I tried for about 2 weeks, but could not keep them down. Seems like I even tried some that were supposed to stay down better, and they didn't. Anyone else have this happen?
My drs took me off all vitamins except for folic acid when I had hyperemesis. When I was pg with DS, I don't know if it was really hyperemesis - I couldn't function but I managed without meds, which was a different story for three definite HG pgs. I was taken off vitamins when pg with him as well. My DD and DS were born perfectly healthy and still are today! I did just folic acid when I was sick. Later on, I did chlorophyll for iron at the end. My OB and RE said this was fine. When pg with DD, I found I could tolerate the gummy children's multi-vitamins. So, I managed to take those despite hyperemesis. I do take extra folic acid once again. I have trouble with adult vitamins when not pg, so I wasn't about to try prenatals even when I'm past the sick stage.
post #140 of 630
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Originally Posted by mountaingirlbl View Post
i forgot to mention...the only thing i could brush my teeth with was fennel toothpaste. who knows why... but it was the only thing that i could brush with without vomiting.

i also did a lot of rinsing; some days i just couldn't get the brush in my mouth. i had my only cavity develop when i was pregnant and probably because i couldn't brush three times a day. no way!
I found I was able to brush with mentadent toothpaste - but there's no way I could have handled Tom's of Maine or Crest or most of the other toothpastes. Rinsing would have actually been harder for me. The meds made it possible for me to eat, but still feel sick. But drinking or even having liquids in my mouth was quite difficult.

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Has anyone had HG for one pregnancy and then go on to not have it again? I hear this is rare, but I'm clinging to the possibility.
My mum had HG with my older brother but not while pg with me nor my younger brother.
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