Will I Cope With A One Year Old And Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
One quite common and well-known pregnancy symptoms is nausea.
Although it’s horrible being nauseous all the time and struggling to keep food down, for some women the condition can become a lot more severe. This is known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
This is not a normal symptom of pregnancy and often requires a stay in the hospital so that the mother can receive fluid and nutrition through an intravenous line (IV).
One of our readers suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum with a previous pregnancy. She is worried that it may affect her and her family negatively when she becomes pregnant again.
We posed her question to our Facebook community, as always the mums responded with helpful advice.
"Hi Mums. I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum with my first baby. I was so sick, I ended up in hospital, where I vomited everyday until the day of my labor. Taking Cariban had helped me get by daily. I would like another baby, but if I'm sick again how will I manage with my one year old baby? Did anybody get it twice? How did you manage? I really want another baby but I'm scared the same thing will happen again and I won't be able to manage. Thanks for any advice."
You Can Get It More Than Once
Margaret: I believe the Duchess of Cambridge (Catherine) suffered from this on all three of her pregnancies, so to answer one of your questions: Yes, you can get it more than once. your answer to one of your questions is yes, you can get it more than once. It will be up to you and your doctors what treatment you will need!
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Eithne: I had the same concerns as you. I suffered with it on both my pregnancies but it wasn't as bad second time around.
Meabh: I think the stats are if you had it in a previous pregnancy there is an 84% chance you will get it again. I had it in both pregnancies – a lot worse in my second. No meds seemed to help and I ended up having seven admissions for dehydration and fainting. It's awful but, as you know yourself, all worth it in the end. Best of luck!
Ruth: I unfortunately had it on all four of my pregnancies and it got much worse each time.
Jeanette: I had it twice. It was worse the second time around. The nausea alone was horrendous, medication didn't stop the vomiting. Some days it just took the edge off. Unfortunately I have no advice regarding how to manage with kids.
Aisling: With my first son I had it from week six to 12. He is 18 months old now and I’m 20 weeks pregnant. I had it worse and was hospitalised, fainted on the street after leaving my GP, couldn’t give a urine sample and lost a stone in weight. I never felt so bad in my life. It started week seven until week 14, then it tapered off. Now I’m okay, apart from low blood pressure still.
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You Might Not Get It Again
Hazel: I had it on my first baby and it only stopped the day after I gave birth. I was hospitalised twice. I waited four years to have another. I had one sick morning through the whole pregnancy and had two more pregnancies without suffering.
Tracey: I had it on my first pregnancy and then got pregnant again. Seven weeks later and I've been fine. I also had diabetes on the first and don't now, so all pregnancies are different. Good luck!
Trish: I had it really bad with my first kid. My second kid it wasn’t as bad and my third kid was fine.
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‘You Muddle Through It’
Fiona: Yes, I did have it more than once and it’s horrible. Especially as I had a little one at home also and had to spent a lot of time in hospital until delivery day. Then it just stopped. But you muddle through it. It was a bit different to my first pregnancy, ’cause you feel stronger (if that makes sense). I also had a supportive husband and a brilliant family.
Karen: You just manage. It’s hard, but you do. My little one spent a lot of time at her grandparents when I went into hospital. My little one was six months old when I found out I was pregnant again. I was devastated, because I didn't know how I could do it. But with the support of your family you do.
Violet: I had it on all three of my kids. I found it was worse on my last baby boy. I was put on medication for the last pregnancy, but I still had a lot of hospital stays. It is all worth it in the end, though.
Shar: I had it with all four pregnancies, but only until about 14 weeks. It was very hard, especially trying to look after the other kids. But you get through it and soon enough it’s a bad memory.
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Get Help And Support
Michelle: Get in touch with Hyperemesis Ireland who can help you with planning for a second Hyperemesis Gravidarum pregnancy. And definitely join the support group for loads of tips, advice and support from women who are, or who have gone, through it.
Catherine: I had it on both my pregnancies. The second time around I didn't have it as long as I did the first time. It was tough, but I told my family and closest friends and they were wonderful. They helped me out with minding my daughter so that I could rest as much as possible. I was unlucky that I tried every medication and none of them worked for me.
Aisling: I had it while I was pregnant and it was horrific! I couldn’t do anything for my son. If it wasn’t for my mother looking after him all day and my husband taking over when he came in from work, I never would have coped. I couldn’t even get out of bed. If you have help and support, grab any offers of help, because chances are if you have it once, you will have it in subsequent pregnancies. That’s what doctors told me.
Sarah: If you really want baby number two I’d say go for it! But take all the help you can get with you one year old. Best of luck.
Elaine: I’m currently pregnant with my third Hyperemesis Gravidarum pregnancy. I’ve been prescribed medication throughout this pregnancy. You have to prepare for the worst and have help organised before hand. It’s very tough when you have other kids at home. PSS (Pregnancy Sickness Support) is a great website for help. Best of luck.
Alison: Try to involve your family to allow you to rest/recover when it peaks.
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Be Prepared And Get Rest
Eithne: On both my pregnancies it started when I was five weeks. But the second time I had my prescription for Cariban ready. I don't know if that's what made the difference or not but I'm sure not ending up dehydrated and being admitted to hospital had to have benefited me the second time around. It really took its toll on me the first time. Best wishes to you.
Alison: I did find the more tired I was, the worse the nausea and vomiting was. Rest as much as you can and take prescribed medications if they help.
Were you in a similar situation than this worried mum? How did you cope? Tell us in the comments below.