When Hyperemesis Gravidarum Ends
“When will my HG end?” is a question Hyperemesis Gravidarum sufferers wonder about constantly as they try to manage their condition. The truth is, there’s no way to know as it’s different for everyone. But it is important to remember that it WILL end; you will feel better.
If you experience symptoms all the way through to the end, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. Pregnancy, labor, and birth are already one of the hardest things the body will experience, and having Hyperemesis Gravidarum will make it more challenging. It takes nine months to make a baby and it will take a while to recover from it. After birth, you still will need help. Continue to rely on others and work with your doctors to guide your return to health. There are a few things to keep an eye on in the postpartum period after going through an HG pregnancy.
Yes, unfortunately, some women will continue to experience symptoms of HG after birth. This is rare but symptoms can continue for weeks or months at a time. Sometimes with all you’ve gone through and the new challenges of a newborn, it can be hard to tell if you’re feeling back to your old self. It’s important to communicate well with your doctor to rule out any other serious causes.
In any pregnancy, the baby is literally sucking nutrients and vitamins out of you, and under normal circumstances, eating and drinking replenish them. But if you’re having trouble keeping everything down, this becomes more difficult. Once the baby has arrived it’s a good time to focus on building these stores back up.
Some of the big ones to look out for are B vitamins, folic acid, iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium. Your doctor can also do tests to offer more personalized guidance. Remember you are still sharing nutrients with the baby if you’re breastfeeding so make nutrition a top priority. Multivitamins can help – check out Prenatal Ease’s Nursing multivitamin as a great option.
Eating with HG can become very challenging and some women don’t regain their appetite right away. Whatever your situation, remember to do what’s best for you, and don’t compare yourself to others. Again, it’s a good idea to get your doctor’s input on what you’re eating and be honest with him if you have any food aversions or bad associations from your pregnancy and can’t bear to eat certain things yet.
You don’t have to do it! There are many out there who send messages of the importance of ‘bouncing back’ after you’ve had a baby. Your body has been through a difficult experience and it’s best that you take it slow and steady. Women who have had Hyperemesis Gravidarum may have had to be bed-bound for weeks at a time. This can result in the weakening of muscles and a lack of strength. So be kind to your body and create an exercise plan that takes into account what you’ve just been through while identifying some healthy goals.
Studies have shown that women with difficult pregnancies are more likely to develop postpartum depression. This means you need to be aware and communicate how you’re feeling to loved ones and your doctor. There are many different options on how to treat postpartum depression and many resources available. Some people feel handling it on their own is what’s best for them, and that can work. But you should never feel ashamed about asking for professional help.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a challenging condition with effects that linger after it has passed. Knowing that it does end can help you make it through it. And when it ends it’s important to take care of yourself and give yourself the time you need to ‘get back to normal.’
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