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It's posted in another thread I have going right now if you *really* want to know. I try to avoid specific foods in this thread if at all possible.
Duh what was I thinking. Off to search your posts.
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OH, MAN, I bet that "magic craving" is why I've not been able to eat anything except for one particular type of food that has lots of it in most dishes. Off to find more...
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I look forward to that first meal after labor sooooo much.
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Im am SOOOO very glad to have found you ladies!!

I have survived two HG pregnancies! My 1st pg, I lost 19lbs (DH thought I looked like a skeleton b/c at the lowest point I was 119lbs and he hadnt seen me that way in a while) and with my 2nd pg, I lost 25lbs. Thank goodness HG only lasted from 5 weeks until around 16 weeks for me, which seemed like an eternity!

I had heath insurance with pg 1 so I got to have home health and that helped some and with pg 2, I didnt have health insurance so I couldnt do home health b/c they wanted me to pay up front for it and there was no way that we had that kind of money just sitting around. But I ended up in the hospital on a PICC line for about 2 weeks.

I dont think that Zofran worked for me although DH thinks it helped. I have also had Phenergan, Pepcid, steriods (which has made me grow hair on my chin!!!! aaahhhh!!!), etc.

Its horrible! And Im glad to have found ladies to understand what I went through.

When I was in the hospital with my 2 pg, a nurse asked me if I wanted more kids, I said yes. She was in shock and said even after all of this, you want more? Absolutely, was my answer! She told me that I was not selfish at all then!

I have wanted to have baby #3 for a while now but HG got DH very scared! So he didnt want to have another baby b/c of it but somehow I convinced him and we agreed that #3 would be the last, so here we are now, TTC baby #3. PLEASE, PLEASE pray and cross your fingers for me & us (my husband and children) that HG stays at bay this time around.

Joni

P.S. I havent gotten a chance to read all through 16 pages but I was wondering, what, if anything, has helped you get through your HG pregnancies? I havent try the sea bands (well the strong ones) or acupuncture. Have these worked for any of you? TIA!!
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of all the things I've tried (HG x 3, only one mild) what helps the most:

zofran. brand name, IV even better
enlyten electrolyte strips
protein drinks
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Originally Posted by JoniTate View Post
Im am SOOOO very glad to have found you ladies!!
I'm glad you found us, too! I saw your post and was going to link you here but Jacqueline beat me to it!

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I have survived two HG pregnancies! My 1st pg, I lost 19lbs (DH thought I looked like a skeleton b/c at the lowest point I was 119lbs and he hadnt seen me that way in a while) and with my 2nd pg, I lost 25lbs. Thank goodness HG only lasted from 5 weeks until around 16 weeks for me, which seemed like an eternity!
I had similar experience. I lost about 20 lbs w/ my first 2 pregnancies. First one I had HG till about 16 wks. The 2nd one I had it till around 20-ish wks, I think. I went down to 122 and was alarmed. I gasped when I got on the scale at the MW's house and she immediately picked up on it, asking, "Were you expecting something different?" Uh, yeah. Last time I weighed myself (few wks before I realized I was preg) I was in the 135-140 range. She was unfamiliar with HG, but willing to learn and we kind of muddled through it together.

My last pregnancy was the only one I got an official diagnosis with. I went to the ER for fluids twice and definitely felt much better afterwards. Unfortunately, because we're uninsured (self employed), I couldn't afford medication beyond the minimal script for phenergan. I never filled my Zofran script because it was too much money. I got through on the phenergan, unisom & b6, and benadryl. That was VERY hard because my kids were 5 and 7 and I was in bed almost all day long. My dh took care of EVERYTHING and we lived on McDonald's because he was worn out after a long day of work and I was next to useless due to the HG.




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P.S. I havent gotten a chance to read all through 16 pages but I was wondering, what, if anything, has helped you get through your HG pregnancies? I havent try the sea bands (well the strong ones) or acupuncture. Have these worked for any of you? TIA!!
Never tried the acupuncture, but the Sea Bands were useless.
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Anybody have any ideas about HG and long, miserable prodromal labor? I've been having wicked contractions for 5 days now, but they always do something wonky and never seem to produce much "progress." (EDD 12-15.) I never got an official diagnosis of HG, but I've been dependent on the Zofran for most of this pregnancy and completely wiped out...no energy, kid watching videos and living off fast food...you mommas know the story.

I swear, I'm not a wimp. I'm also not imagining this. I had natural childbirth with my 3 y.o. DD and experienced contractions for a couple weeks before the actual birth. They weren't pleasant, but I could still walk and talk. These have me doubled over. I *thought* I knew my body. Now I'm not so sure. Maybe it's because I've been so beaten down by all the vomiting that I'm experiencing the Braxton-Hicks as about 1,000x more painful than before.

Has anybody else experienced this?
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Originally Posted by mom2annika View Post
Anybody have any ideas about HG and long, miserable prodromal labor? I've been having wicked contractions for 5 days now, but they always do something wonky and never seem to produce much "progress." (EDD 12-15.) I never got an official diagnosis of HG, but I've been dependent on the Zofran for most of this pregnancy and completely wiped out...no energy, kid watching videos and living off fast food...you mommas know the story.

I swear, I'm not a wimp. I'm also not imagining this. I had natural childbirth with my 3 y.o. DD and experienced contractions for a couple weeks before the actual birth. They weren't pleasant, but I could still walk and talk. These have me doubled over. I *thought* I knew my body. Now I'm not so sure. Maybe it's because I've been so beaten down by all the vomiting that I'm experiencing the Braxton-Hicks as about 1,000x more painful than before.

Has anybody else experienced this?
yup. wk 36 alllll the waaaaayyyyyy to wk 43. And a day.

My first 2 labors and births were much faster. 14 hrs, 9 hrs. But then came that 43w 1d pregnancy. Good News: the actual "ok, this is HAPPENING" moments were 4.5 hrs.
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Anybody have any ideas about HG and long, miserable prodromal labor?
oh did I ever. you can probably still find my drama on the UC forum and May 08 DDC. 2 weeks of on/off labor, dilation, blah blah blah. ended up ambulance to the hospital at 9 cm PLEADING and BEGGING For a c-section.

I had a homebirth before. I'm not a wimp. I pushed out twins. this was HELL.
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I had HG twice and no prodomal labour either time, but my first labour was over 40 hours.
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No one has done acupuncture before???????
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Does anyone else have experience with a Zofran pump? I'm on day 10 and feeling MUCH better,but the infusion sites in my legs and belly really hurt! I have baseball sized welts all over
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It takes a tribe to get through HG...

I was digestively challenged for all 38.5 weeks of my daughter's pregnancy. It was trying, maddening, depressing, but very doable. It is so beyond cliche to say that pregnancy/breastfeeding is a marathon - but it truly is...I'm still breastfeeding & my daughter is 11 months old. I think I may be pregnant again & have already had mini panic attacks about another year of "the sickness" - Zofran is awful & I found no relief. Does anyone have suggestions beyond the small meals, crackers, protein/complex carbs, exercise, etc.? Is there a tea or non-ginger supplemental secret? I can't keep down Raspberry Leaf tea during pregnancy...In it for the long haul....
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It sounds impossible, but the only thing that got me through "the sickness" and a 25 hour natural childbirth was making my sick self go to the gym at least 5 days a week until the night my membranes released. Bench press, puke, elliptical trainer, felt a bit better, water, yoga...the effect lasted a good 10 hours of minimal stomach problems. I believe exercise helped me overcome...and prepared my body for a very rough journey. Plus, I lost all pregnancy weight & beyond within 10 days of giving birth & still had muscle tone in my abs...it's a miracle - it's endorphins!
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I look forward to that first meal after labor sooooo much.
Preorder your first meal or bring it in - my room at our birthing center had a refrigerator & microwave. I ordered a huge chicken dinner with all the fixings & cake & at it all the hour after birth & didn't feel a tinge of stomach upset. It was a proper miracle! Pick your fantasy feast & have it there waiting...enjoy!
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I know marijuana has been mentioned in this thread and in desperation I tried it. I was hesitant, but a single hit killed my nausea for 6 hours. Just a heads up for those that may be at the end of what they can handle
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soumi-sofia, milk thistle is something many use for HG naturally speaking.

that first meal..ooh boy!! I actually wasn't hungry RIGHT away. I was terribly thirsty and drank 2 large jugs of ice water asap. About an hour later I got hungry and had a salad, veggies with dip, yogurt, milk and fruit. Then I sent DH home and he brought me 2 hot dogs, lemon meringue pie, cookies and some protein drinks to boot. And then I ate more at midnight! LOL
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I think I'm over the hump of it. I'm still having vomiting fits, major food aversions but there are finally things that I WANT to eat :

How do you get yourself back to eating what you should instead of what just sounds good for the moment?
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I've been feeling like a total freak lately. Thank you ladies for sharing.

After 40+ hours of not keeping anything down (while on a presc) I switched to Zofran and had my first day in six weeks without vomit last Saturday. I'm 11 wks along and 20 pounds lighter.

And if anyone says ginger or crackers to me in the next 24 hours I might run them over with my car.

The physical stuff is bad, but the losing of my mind is worse. On top of that I think my 3 yo dd is about to go shopping for a new mom.

It is so much worse than before and I thought that was bad. My dream of 3 has changed and this will be the last time I'm pregnant. I know this sounds horrible, but if I had known it would be like this I would be filling out adoption papers instead of getting ready for our homebirth.
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Happy you're feeling relatively better! Zofran is great, but make sure you're prepared for the wicked constipation ><;;

Also, if you do start vomitting again, please don't let it go that long! Once you're THAT dehydrated, it's a really vicious cycle and hard to dig out of, even with IV fluids.
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