by kim (555 Posts), Sun Nov 30, 2003 10:34 am
I really don't want to get into a debate about morning sickness and hyperemesis remedies, since this forum is for Preeclampsia... WebMD, etc are great sources, but do not even lightly touch on the severity of hyperemesis. Constant nausea and vomiting (not like morning sickness, where you feel better after you vomit), is absolutely mind-bending. For many of us, we were on a drug (Zofran) that is used to prevent chemo patients from their nausea and vomiting.
There seems to be some sort of link between pre-e and hg. HG only occurs in 0.5% of women, yet I have ran into many on this site. As I have stated before, anyone suggesting that vitamins or any foods could have changed the outcome of a pregnancy is hard to take for a woman with pre-e and hg.
For example, I took folic acid and prenatals before I was pg. At 5 weeks, I was in the hospital after three days of vomiting at least 20 times a day, to the point of passing out. So, I go on through my pregnancy, taking all of these medications and only being able to eat Poptarts for 7 months. I can't leave my house because any motion or smell guarantees me a week in the hospital (where it smells even worse). My husband could not even come near me because the smell of people made me vomit. So, just as I can see the light at the end of tunnel, preeclampsia hits me out of no where. Literally, I went from a bp of 100/60 to 150/100 in two days. I'm induced a few days later, nearly die during labor, have a post-partum flare up of preeclampsia that almost kills me (again)... Then, we find that our baby has three heart defects, severe reflux and allergies. It's just really hard to think "Well, if I would have MADE myself drink Ensure or take B6 (which actually made me vomit worse), then everything would have turned out different." HG affects everything in your life. I lost my job, and in turn, lost our house during my pregnancy, all because I wouldn't eat certain foods?
I think this is the true reason why so many of us on this site get in such heated debates about food intake being related to preeclampsia. We all know that eating healthy is best, and that in a perfect world, we would all eat great during our pregnancies. For those of us with hg and pre-e, we are truly at the mercy of God. We hope that the steriods that we have to take in order to stop the vomiting do not affect our babies. We hear doctors tell us that an abortion would be the best thing for us, because we are weak and cannot eat or drink. Or, we hear that we are so sick because we secretly don't want the baby. HG is a little-understood disease and I was very lucky to have a doctor whose wife suffered through it. Otherwise, I might have been told to have an abortion.
And then, for preeclampsia or hellp to set in after all of the * we've already been through is excrutiating.
While I think your advice is good, I just don't think it applies to everyone. I tend to believe that hg and pre-e are set in motion for different reasons for different people. There is no one cause or cure for everyone, and we just have to be careful suggesting that a healthy life style is going to change the course or outcome of a pregnancy.
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