Dear Crissy

Thankful for wellness

hyperemesis gravidarum

I had to go to the doctor earlier this week due to a UTI (it’s fun being a woman, right?), and I was prescribed the antibiotic Macrobid to treat it.

Newsflash — I am apparently allergic to this drug, and within 5 minutes of taking one pill, I was completely overwhelmed with nausea.

As the nausea washed over me, I experienced an immediate visceral memory of being pregnant.

I was sick for about 24 hours and I thought a lot about what I went through last year at this time.

One year ago this week, I was 6-weeks-pregnant with Kara, and already starting my long battle with hyperemesis gravidarum.

I suffered with severe morning sickness until week 17 when I was pregnant with Evan, and during Kara’s pregnancy, I soldiered on through day-and-night nausea and vomiting into my 30th week.

Do you know what it’s like to be totally consumed with nausea during every waking and half-sleeping moment?

You can’t eat, you can’t rest, and you can’t play an active role in your own life. You become a hostage to your illness, and it is nearly impossible even to appreciate what should be one of the most beautiful experiences a woman is blessed to have — pregnancy.

I am now the mother of a 4-month-old and a 2.5-year-old. Life is busy and I rarely sleep, but I don’t feel like puking 24/7 and by golly (yeah, I actually talk like this), that is pretty darn WONDERFUL.

I am just so grateful to feel OK.

How do you feel right now?

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13 Comments

  1. Lori Davis — May 11, 2012 @ 8:17 am (#)

    Glad you’re feeling better. I have always hated the feeling of not being able to do my “motherly duties” when I am ill. After all, nobody does it better than mom, right? :)

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  2. Aly — May 11, 2012 @ 9:32 am (#)

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. I am actually feeling nauseous myself. It could be due to the fact that I’m nervous about my trip, and also from the birth control I am taking. I hope this feeling passes soon though, I hate this feeling.

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  3. Kate — May 11, 2012 @ 9:45 am (#)

    I was there, too. I know exactly what it’s like! Glad it’s all over and I have my babes!

    Kind Regards,

    Kate from Play {with Purpose}
    http://marlowesloft.com

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  4. Adelina Priddis — May 11, 2012 @ 10:08 am (#)

    Oh you poor thing I can’t even imagine! We are truly blessed to have our health.
    As for macrobid, it’s the only thing I’m allergic to, and got to find out the hard way as well. I didn’t get the nausea but I did break out in hives all over. Not fun at all.

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  5. HillyG — May 11, 2012 @ 10:13 am (#)

    Love this and I’m glad you’re feeling better! I’m grateful for today…seriously. Today has been amazing day spent with my husband, baby, and dogs. It’s exactly what I needed today.

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  6. Tiffany Cruz — May 11, 2012 @ 10:33 am (#)

    Sounds like you had it bad while pregnant. Sorry you were recently sick. Glad you’re feeling better now. Since you asked, I’m feeling good today :) Love your picture.

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  7. Buki — May 11, 2012 @ 10:37 am (#)

    My first pregnancy, I vomitted even during labour. Two hours after I had given birth, I was still spitting every where. I’m eager for another baby and yet I’m not eager to dare hyperemesis gravidarum. :-(

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  8. Mandi — May 11, 2012 @ 2:57 pm (#)

    I completely understand your thankfulness. Here is my story of why http://sweettinyblessings.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-not-to-expect-when-you-are.html

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  9. Lindsay — May 15, 2012 @ 7:54 am (#)

    I was lucky to not have to deal with much morning sickness. The worst I got in that department was a super *SUPER* sensitive gag reflex that gave me fits when I would brush my teeth. Do you know how infuriating it is to brush your teeth, only to have to turn around the brush them AGAIN because the first time made you vomit? UGH! I’m glad you are getting to enjoy life again and really be present!

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  10. Kristin Gilbert — June 1, 2012 @ 11:35 am (#)

    I don’t go to the doctor enough, and don’t feel quite right, but know I need to go get checked out. It sucks not feel just perfect.

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  11. Jenni@MomEssentials.net — June 4, 2012 @ 12:04 pm (#)

    I am just getting over a virus, and it’s so great to have energy again! Antibiotics don’t work for viruses, so I’ve had to find my own natural remedies. By the way, I’ve written a post about natural UTI remedies (for future reference).
    http://www.momessentials.net/resolving-urinary-tract-infections

    Love your blog!

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    • Dagmar ~ Dagmar's momsense — July 4th, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

      I usually get away with only using homeopathic remedies as well, I take them at the first sign. Glad you are feeling better, I know exactly how you feel.

      The other day I took my prenatal vitamin and didn’t go to bed right away and got so sick, it totally reminded me of being pregnant. I don’t know I could get through that again, it was horrendous for two months.

  12. Mikki Cross — December 22, 2012 @ 11:02 pm (#)

    So glad you’r enjoying your children. I was fortunate. only had minor nausea with my 2nd child. absolutely none with my first. However I have had a recent bout with such severe nausea and vomitting that blood vessels in my face actually started breaking from the violence of it all. It is the worst feeling so I empathize. This happened because I had an allergic reaction to dialaudid which was given as a pain killer after surgery. So yes, I too am very grateful for my wellness now.

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