In honor of today (May 15th) being HG awareness day, I have decided to share my HG story. For those that don’t know, HG stands for hyperemesis gravidarum. HG is best described as severe morning sickness. It is very intense and you spend most of your pregnancy throwing up. This leads to dehydration and weight loss. Unlike normal morning sickness that typically only lasts the first trimester, HG can last the entire pregnancy. Some woman begin to find some relief between 20-25 weeks, but not always. Doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes it and there is no cure. Thankfully, less than 3% of pregnant woman will suffer from HG. Princess Kate, Amy Schumer & myself were a few of the unlucky ones.
In honor of Kai’s first birthday this past weekend, I decided to write about our birth story. I can’t believe it has been a year already! It was a Thursday afternoon, April 5th, around noon and I had just woken up from a nap. I had taken off work that day because we had a doctor’s appointment that morning at 9am. I was 35 weeks pregnant. Everything had looked great. Blood pressure was fine. No dilation. I had an irritable uterus and was already having contractions 3 minutes apart by this point, so I was already having internal checks. So off Ryan went to work, and I came home to nap. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself EAT SOMETHING AND GO SHAVE YOUR LEGS instead! Haha! Anywho, when I woke up from my nap, I knew something wasn’t right. My vision was distorted (very similar to when I get ocular migraines) and I just felt off. I called Ryan and said we needed to go to the hospital. He left work (about an hour after getting there), came home and got me, and we headed to the ER. As soon as we got to the ER and I told them my symptoms, they took my blood pressure. To this day I don’t know what my blood pressure was, but they immediately put me in a wheel chair and took us up to triage (the area where you check in when you come and have a baby). We called Ryan’s parents and let them know what was going on. My parents were already on their way (I had called my mom while I was waiting for Ryan to get home) and they met us while we were waiting in triage.
Hey everyone! I hope your week is going well! For this week’s blog post I decided I want to give you all a little bit of a background on my mental health journey (so far). I’m not going to be digging too deep into specifics in this post because it would probably turn into a novel...hell a series of books for that matter. Ha! I will talk more about specifics in future blog posts, but I just want to give you a high level of my background and some of the things I have dealt with in the past and are still currently dealing with today.
Hey everyone! If you are reading this then I’m assuming you clicked on my blog link. Awesome! Yes, I’ve decided to start a blog. Now I’m not an English major nor have I ever really enjoyed writing in the past, so please don’t be too harsh on me. The reason I decided to start a blog is because I am often asked about the different things I have experienced in life. Anxiety. Depression. Panic Attacks. Pregnancy. Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Preeclampsia. Labor & Delivery. Being a NICU mom. Being a new mom. Mastitis. Different medications I’ve been on. Starting my own business. I feel like the list can go on and on.