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Hyperemesis Gravidarum Tips?

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Created January 03, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I have a client who may have HG for the third time.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet her pre-pregnancy, or I would have had her on B-6 and milk thistle then.

She's 6 weeks now and I am wondering if anyone here has been able to stop HG symptoms early in pregnancy--all tips welcome!

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on January 04, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Diclectin saved my life during my pregnancy - I was a miserable mess before taking it - I tried so many things prior to taking it as I was really worried about taking anything during pregnancy, but really kicked myself afterwards for not taking it sooner.

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on January 03, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Thanks, Maj! Have heard of this, but not sure the mama will go for it.

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I wish more people knew that mint tea exacerbates morning sickness. People kept making it for me "to help with the nausea", and I love that they cared, but I got to the point that I was ready to bolt for the door whenever I saw someone put on the tea kettle for me. Protein was my savior early on, almonds and beef jerky were never far from my side.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Illegal ? Some stupid law is more important to you then baby ? Disappointed...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:30 PM

There is evidence, do your homework. I did. Don't fall for propaganda.

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:28 PM

That's interesting. It's too bad that there is such a stigma, and even laws, that it is hard to find out the truth about safety. I might have been willing to try it if (1) I had some good evidence that it wasn't harmful, and (2) It weren't illegal.

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Ginger didn't help me either, and I *love* ginger. That's really interesting about blood sugar!

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:21 PM

It was my least bad one, and I gained only 25-30 pounds (the other times I gained 50). So I guess I should add that staying LC when possible (but not stressing about it when not) was very helpful for me.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:20 PM

The third was a bit different. I had been on a carnivorous, ZC diet when I conceived, but there came a point when the sight of meat made me retch, and then I started getting the most intense carbohydrate craving I have ever had in my life. So for a while I just ate what I could. As the pregnancy went on, I relied more and more on protein shakes. Again, maybe not whole food, but the combination of tolerability and nutrition seemed really good. I was also educated enough by that time to no longer have subconscious doubts about the safety of ketosis during pregnancy.

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:18 PM

The first two I had been on a VLC diet before conception. When pregnant, I pretty much ate what I craved, and what didn't make me retch, which was full of SADness.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:03 PM

That would ring true for my morning sickness with my DD - I started eating breakfast (muesli) & I puked it back up... I also had a lot of food aversions (particularly to black tea in both pregnancies).

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Thanks for the quick response! I have read about this, but it's helpful to read first-hand experience. What were you eating during those pregnancies? SAD, vegetarian, etc?

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:29 PM

I had horribly HG with my first pregnancy (with a boy) and was hospitalized several times. I had less with my daughter, then horrible again with my son, though using the tips below, I managed to not have a single admission to the hospital that pregnancy. I decided that, for me, it was a hormone thing. One thing that helped me was raspberry leaf/red clover tea. I found, in my practice, that mints actually aggravated nausea and vomiting for most pregnant women, so I don't recommend adding those to the tea. Some women find some relief from ginger in their tea though (it didn't help me much, but I don't really like ginger).

Most women with HG are hospitalized due to dehydration. I found that making up a gallon of RL/RC tea and keeping it in the fridge to sip on throughout the day helped my clients a LOT. Don't try to put too much in the stomach -- keep protein levels high, and spread fat out over the day. Avoid excesses of sugar. Sugars really tend to aggravate heartburn and trigger vomiting for many women with HG. Some of my clients who suffered the worst actually did better with pureed meals -- homemade soups based on meat broth (I didn't know about bone broth then -- these days, I'd use that), then pureed to provide the minimum amount of stress on the digestive system.

Keep something in the system all the time -- keep some protein at the bedside, and nibble on it through the night. Low blood sugar will aggravate the nausea/vomiting.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on January 03, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I wish more people knew that mint tea exacerbates morning sickness. People kept making it for me "to help with the nausea", and I love that they cared, but I got to the point that I was ready to bolt for the door whenever I saw someone put on the tea kettle for me. Protein was my savior early on, almonds and beef jerky were never far from my side.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:25 PM

Ginger didn't help me either, and I *love* ginger. That's really interesting about blood sugar!

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on January 03, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I have a kind of mild version of hyperemesis. That sounds like an oxymoron, but I say it because many other family members have it in full force, with hospitalization required, but I'm just a lot sicker for a lot longer than most people I know.

I've had 3 pregnancies, and they were all pretty miserable. When I lived in Canada, for the first two, I took Diclectin. (Would I have preferred a Paleo solution? Sure. Would I rather have vomited for 9 months than taken it? No.) The last one I experienced in the U.S. and I found out at that time that Diclectin is actually just a mixture of doxylamine (Unisom) and vitamin B6. So I self-administered that. As I said, my pregnancies were all pretty miserable, but the Diclectin did make them more bearable -- the days I skipped were worse.

So that is my non-Paleo tip. I don't make any guarantees about the efficacy or safety, but I felt it was helpful, and this is my work-around for getting past the FDA and their stupid politics, if you are not in Canada.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:20 PM

The third was a bit different. I had been on a carnivorous, ZC diet when I conceived, but there came a point when the sight of meat made me retch, and then I started getting the most intense carbohydrate craving I have ever had in my life. So for a while I just ate what I could. As the pregnancy went on, I relied more and more on protein shakes. Again, maybe not whole food, but the combination of tolerability and nutrition seemed really good. I was also educated enough by that time to no longer have subconscious doubts about the safety of ketosis during pregnancy.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:18 PM

The first two I had been on a VLC diet before conception. When pregnant, I pretty much ate what I craved, and what didn't make me retch, which was full of SADness.

Medium avatar

(12379)

on January 04, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Diclectin saved my life during my pregnancy - I was a miserable mess before taking it - I tried so many things prior to taking it as I was really worried about taking anything during pregnancy, but really kicked myself afterwards for not taking it sooner.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on January 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Thanks for the quick response! I have read about this, but it's helpful to read first-hand experience. What were you eating during those pregnancies? SAD, vegetarian, etc?

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:21 PM

It was my least bad one, and I gained only 25-30 pounds (the other times I gained 50). So I guess I should add that staying LC when possible (but not stressing about it when not) was very helpful for me.

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C835934198ffe146cb90eebc22c6b8d8

on January 03, 2012
at 06:19 PM

I have to ditto Ambimorph. With both my pregnancies I could not keep anything down..it was bad. I talked to my OB and she recommended Unisom and vitamin B6 combo. I was paleo with the second pregnancy but only low carb in the first pregnancy. It help incredibly with both. I took 50 mg B6 and 25 mg (half a unisom) at night before bed and it kept the nausea at bay all day long. If it was REALLY bad I took the whole unison tab. You have to make sure it's the unisom TAB and not the unisom sleep gel. Different medicine all together and one is dangerous in pregnancy. Make sure it's the doxylamine. Also chewing on anything minty helped as well.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Dr. Ayers thinks that HG is a pre-emptive strategy to avoid the toxins in vegetables and grains that might effect the growing fetus especially during the critical 1st trimester when fetal protective systems aren't functioning yet like the liver. So I would suggest avoiding those and sticking with meat broths.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1801)

on January 03, 2012
at 07:03 PM

That would ring true for my morning sickness with my DD - I started eating breakfast (muesli) & I puked it back up... I also had a lot of food aversions (particularly to black tea in both pregnancies).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:13 PM

There is a cure for 100% cases: marijuana

Since its non-toxic although it crosses placenta, its OK. There are even papers around showing that THC aids vascular development although I wouldn't go this far and AFAIK its still speculative.

Depending on HG severity, you can solve the problem 2 ways:

  • A very small joint, 2 times a day, few puffs are usually enough.
  • If HG is very strong, you need to take a cookie with marijuana, however, since it needs around 45 minutes to start working, and will most definitely be vomited, you need also a joint for quick action. So you prepare a cookie and before you eat it you smoke a joint. This will give you time to digest cookie without vomiting it, which will then be active for 6-8 hours.

There are probably other ways, like marijuana tea, well known in Jamaica among local women who use it for morning sickness.

For more info search papers of Dr. Melanie Dreher

I understand that this might provoke some negative comments but I really don't care - I know this works from personal experience the best then any other alternative and its more safe then anything else, especially since it will also promote appetite - there is probably nothing as serious as not having appetite in pregnancy.

You need to find hi quality cannabis - no street shit, something that have guaranties that its not treated with some toxic chemicals.

You can thank me later when you get more customers because this one will be so happy that it will broadcast it all around. Don't bother with donations - I don't sell knowledge that involves babies. :P

Start your research here:

"Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica: An Ethnographic Study"

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on January 03, 2012
at 11:59 PM

Thanks, Maj! Have heard of this, but not sure the mama will go for it.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:28 PM

That's interesting. It's too bad that there is such a stigma, and even laws, that it is hard to find out the truth about safety. I might have been willing to try it if (1) I had some good evidence that it wasn't harmful, and (2) It weren't illegal.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Illegal ? Some stupid law is more important to you then baby ? Disappointed...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 03, 2012
at 08:30 PM

There is evidence, do your homework. I did. Don't fall for propaganda.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 03, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Right before I was about to be admitted to hospital for rehydration with my fourth pregnancy my ex offered me a bowl of greasy homemade soup with potatoes and bacon fat as the most memorable ingredients. Believe it or not it stayed down and got me eating again.

Noone ever said I had hyperemesis gravidarum but I was darn sick for a long time prior to the soup 'cure'.

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