PART 2 Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Severe Nausea and Vomiting⁣ ⁣ “To summarise it has taken my independence, my confidence, my dignity, my social life, my ability to go to work, my ability to leave the house without worry and overall it has just taken my personality.”⁣ ⁣ Hyper- (excessive) ⁣ -emesis (to vomit)⁣ Gravidarum (of pregnancy) ⁣ ⁣ How does it differ from ‘morning sickness’?⁣ Hyperemesis is characterised by: ⁣ 🤮excessive nausea and vomiting⁣ 🥵dehydration⁣ 🧂electrolyte imbalance ⁣ 📊nutritional disturbances⁣ ⚖️more than 5% pre-pregnancy weight loss⁣ ⁣ In addition, babies of mothers with HG are at risk of being SGA (‘small for gestational age’)⁣ ⁣ 👩‍⚕️As mentioned in my previous post, women experience a lack of understanding and knowledge from professionals. ⁣ 🤷‍♀️Possibly because it is a rare condition, but also one that is not well understood⁣ 📚In my own training, I received very little teaching on HG, though it is a debilitating condition that hugely impacts women’s pregnancies. ⁣ ⁣ 🙏I’m super grateful to Rowan @myhyperemesisglow for sharing her experience and also finding the positives despite the tough times. I’ve learned so much and will hopefully be a better midwife for it!⁣ ⁣ I tried to fit it all in a caption but I didn’t want to cut down or edit Rowan’s words, so swipe for some insight on what HG is really like.⁣ ⁣ See my last post for some support resources as well as ⁣⁣ ⁣ #mythbustingmidwife #midwife #midwifelife #studentmidwife #morningsickness #pregnancysickness #hyperemesisgravidarum #hgpregnancy #hyperemesis #hg #sicknesssupport #earlypregnancy #babybump #firsttrimester