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Mary's HuGStory

During my first pregnancy I was sick for 4 1/2 months. It was rough but nothing compared to my second pregnancy. I found out I was pregnant with my second child before I even missed my period. My husband and I were both sick with a stomach virus and we were vomiting. We had been trying to get pregnant for 7 months so the doctor had to do a blood test to see if I was pregnant before he would give me any medication. I found out I was pregnant and we were so excited. I was starting to think I might not get sick this time until about the fifth week. I started throwing up. I could not eat or drink anything. My husband would freeze orange juice into ice cubes and I would suck on them. Anything that was liquid made me sick and the thought or smell of food would make me vomit.

I was hospitalized for three weeks for dehydration and severe vomiting. I threw up from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. I lost over 20 lbs in two weeks. I was getting very weak and passed out one morning in the shower. Luckily my husband was helping me shower and caught me. I couldn't even watch food commercials on TV without vomiting. I was then sent by ambulance to a hospital in Houston which is two hours away from where I live. They put a pick-line in my arm which fed me through my vein. I carried around a pump with the liquid food they were feeding me for two months. I had a home health nurse come to my house everyday for two months to change out my bag.

When I finally started eating food again, I found that solid food stayed down better than liquids. I ate french toast for weeks for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whatever I ate had to be piping hot or it would make me sick. I also ate a lot of hot apples out of the apple cobbler. I couldn't eat the crust. After about the 5th month, I stopped vomiting all day long. I only thew up once or twice a day until I had my baby. My doctor advised me not to have any more children because the next time would probably be the same or worse. Thank God we only wanted two children. I feel for any one out there that is going through this right now. It was one of the hardest times of my life and there are a lot of stupid people out there that will tell you it is all in your head. It is not in your head. It is a real condition that is uncommon in most people's pregnancy. It is very important to have supportive family and friends that are willing to help you. I would have never made it through my pregnancy without my husband and family. Once you hold your baby, you will know that it was well worth it. Good Luck and God Bless

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