hyperemesis - page 2

hello! I am about 13 weeks pregnant. About 3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. I had been on phenergan for some weeks before, which didn't help at all. When I was diagnosed,... Read More

  1. by   VickyRN
    Quote from Aneroo
    I forgot this! The smells were what got me! Mints were a God send! I couldn't eat Taco Bell or hot dogs for a good part of this pregnancy because of the smells! (And try telling a preggo not to eat Taco Bell!)
    Still have a hard time with hamburger, chicken, and eggs. My food preferences changed permanently. The "smell" of the artificial sweetener aspartame also made me sick (incredibly, I could smell this from a room away).

    I remember throwing up being so commonplace, that I would go right back to eating, trying desperately to keep something down. I would eat all the time, trying to keep the nausea at bay. I found out that if I had SOMETHING in my stomach (usually a carbohydrate), the nausea would not be as bad. I would eat very small portions throughout the day and evening. I also remember standing outside on a bitterly cold winter's day with the cold wind blowing in my face, trying to not throw up my small meal I had just ingested. The cold wind helped diminish the nausea. Iced tea also seemed to help.

    Ahhh, but it was worth it. I now have two beautiful healthy grown children. If I had to, I'd do it all over again.
  2. by   rehab nurse
    i had hyperemesis with both my pregnancies, and i had it all the way to birth. i was in the hosp all the time for iv's. i had a lot of medical problems, so i was very high risk.
    anyways, i saw that you had some trouble getting zofran. my insurance company is the same way. i can only get 9 per month (i still use it for my migraines, but i did help immensly with the n/v of pregnancy). i don't know what dose you were prescribed, but i had my doc write for 8mg tabs, and i broke it in half to make 4mg. this was done with my doc's knowledge of course. maybe you could ask your doc to write the script like that, at least it would double what you're currently getting.
    i had a terrible time with smells. i hope you feel better!
  3. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from rehab nurse
    i had hyperemesis with both my pregnancies, and i had it all the way to birth. i was in the hosp all the time for iv's. i had a lot of medical problems, so i was very high risk.
    anyways, i saw that you had some trouble getting zofran. my insurance company is the same way. i can only get 9 per month (i still use it for my migraines, but i did help immensly with the n/v of pregnancy). i don't know what dose you were prescribed, but i had my doc write for 8mg tabs, and i broke it in half to make 4mg. this was done with my doc's knowledge of course. maybe you could ask your doc to write the script like that, at least it would double what you're currently getting.
    i had a terrible time with smells. i hope you feel better!
    Rehab nurse... what a great idea! I will ask her!!!!
    I really, really appriciate all of the feedback on this thread. I am calling my doc again today and I will ask about a lot of different things we can do to help make me feel better.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Iwish you a very happy and healthy pregnancy!
  5. by   matchstickxx
    Some of my patients have had pretty good luck with fresh lemonade. Try to use very little or no sugar. I have also used the "sniff the alcohol swab" on nauseated post-op patients....never tried it for hyperemesis but it probably wouldn't hurt unless you are constantly sniffing them.
    I had hyperemesis with my pregnancy many years ago. For me, the phenergan helped to keep some foods down. Yes, I would still have some N/V, but at least I was able to keep some things down. I also did not follow a typical hyperemesis diet. On my rare "good" days, I ate what I wanted. On those days, I could keep pizza down but not the "sensible" bland food.
    I also believe hyperemesis often has a psychiatric or emotional component which hampers the physical treatment. I'm not saying that all hyperemesis patients are mental cases....I just think many have something else going on that needs to be addressed in order to help facilitate the resolution of the hyperemesis.
    I know how miserable hyperemesis can be and I hope you start feeling better soon.
  6. by   HillaryC
    I've never been pregnant, nor am I an OB nurse, but I used to have a friend who had hyperemesis gravidarum for all four of her pregnancies. I lived with her family and helped take care of her the summer she was pregnant with one of her kids, and the two things I remember working for her were peppermint tea and, to a lesser degree, plain baked potatoes.

    I hope you feel better I'm miserable if I have nausea for a couple of hours, let alone nine months. You guys are my heroes.
  7. by   rehab nurse
    i'm glad you liked my idea....hope your doc will do it for you! that zofran is so expensive, but it works!

    take care of yourself.

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