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 Although my body literally aches at the thought of the poor Duchess being recently hospitalized  for Hyperemesis Gravidarum, I'm glad she did make a statement as to what was going on with her to better educate the public on this diagnosis.  I do think it's largely misunderstood and pushed under the rug as the diagnosed not being tough enough.

I had, and was diagnosed with, Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Extreme Nausea During Pregnancy with my oldest son.  

I've had three pregnancies, and I had a lot of similarities with all three, but when pregnant with Ethan (who is now 16 years-old) I was so sick that I was concerned to ever get pregnant again.

Really, it seriously was a part of my decision making to have more children.  I wasn't sure I could do it again.  Lucky for me, with my last two, I had morning sickness and days that were more green feeling than fun but nothing never to the extreme of what I experienced with Ethan.

I'm usually pretty good at mentally pushing through, but with this, I just couldn't do it.

I vomited morning, day and night.  I couldn't keep anything down, was admitted to the hospital a handful of times for iv line fluids.  Doctors would beg me to find something to eat that I could hold down.  My first husband would stare at me with worry begging the same thing.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't keep a consistent amount of food in my body.   Not only did I not gain weight, I lost over 12 pounds in the first 5 months of my pregnancy. 

So, yes, I have gut wrenching sympathy to hear of any woman with this diagnosis. 

And in sharing my story, I hope that it can give women that have been diagnosed in the past their own hope that not all of their pregnancies will result in this diagnosis. 

Have you or someone you know had severe forms of morning sickness while expecting?

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I am currently going throught this now. I have lost 15.6 pounds in about 3 weeks. I can't eat or drink anything without getting sick. I was getting sick so much that I apparently dehydrated myself. When I started cramping really bad and spotting I called my Doctor and they suggested that it was most likely due to the severe dehydration. So I was prescribed Zofran. Thankfully I can not eat and drink without getting sick everytime I try to eat or dink but I still keep losing the weight. I am a little concerned because with my last pregancy (my first one) everything went so well and I felt like it was a neat perfect pregnancy besides the extreme swelling and nearly 70 lbs weight gain.

I have definitely started thinking that this will be my last pregnancy because this is a lot to deal with and to still work full time and be a mommy to my now three year old. Is anyone else going through this now? Or does anyone have any suggestions?

Oh, my goodness, Victoria!  You poor dear.  I can not imagine going through this while working and taking care of a child.   I was literally reduced to crawling on the floor from being so weak from not being able to keep food down and growing a baby.   At the time I wasn't prescribed any type of medicine, I was told not enough research was done to know if there would be side effects to the baby, but again, this was over 16 years ago on an Army base in Germany (my first husband was in the Army).  

Good luck and you have my sincerest hope it won't last too much longer.   I guess that brings me to my next question, how far along are you?  I didn't get any relief or get better until one week shy of my 7th month.   I hope your experience won't last that long. 

I will be 9 weeks tomorrow so I still have quite a way to go.

When pregnancy makes you violently ill

Above, another mom tells her tale. 

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