Oct 20, 2010

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Don't worry I'm not slandering you in another language. I'm just practicing the spelling of this fun sickness I've encountered that is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance. Sounds fun, huh? The culprit: human chorionic gonadotropin. Confused? Read on.

For those who haven't heard, similar to my 13th week of pregnancy with Silas, I had an overnight stay in labor and delivery this week. Why? I needed to get re-hydrated after two days of intense nausea and vomiting- the kind where you can't keep anything down and you lose four pounds in 2 days. I thought it was a virus at first, but the doc said it was a peak in pregnancy hormones (human chorionic gonadotropin or hCH to be exact). It's a good hormone as far as the baby is concerned, but mama's body ain't so happy with it right now.

The good news is that I'm hydrated and home and feeling a little better. The morning sickness is still lingering, but I don't feel like I have a stomach flu anymore. I'm 12 weeks pregnant now so things SHOULD be calming down soon as far as the nausea is concerned. Prayers are still appreciated :-)

I'll close with a photo album of my birthday celebration, which included family time and pumpkin carving/painting. Enjoy!

(Click here to see more photos in the album.)


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