Friday, October 31, 2014

Top 4 of my most read & loved posts.

Just a re-share of all of my most popular and most read posts!

Busy Bag Ideas



If you need some busy bag swap ideas, I quickly did a little post for future reference and it's my most loved post! At almost six thousand views!

Baby Tiley - 8 Weeks.



One of my very first posts is one of my most loved! What a flashback!

Baby Tiley - 37 Weeks.



Another Baby Tiley post, just a week before the little man arrived! Plus, my final birth plan.

Eczema & Hazelwood



One of my favourite posts too, the amazing transformation of my son when he wore hazelwood to cure his eczema.


Thank you for reading!!






Thursday, October 30, 2014

My world of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

After thinking I just had severe morning sickness for weeks, feeling my skin dry out in flakes and not realising how bad dehydration during pregnancy actually is. Not being able to keep anything down for days, and even water making me throw up, the thought of food, and especially my sons nappies would send me to vomit so much I would vomit bile and/or blood!
 Running to throw up to ten times a day and not being able to look after my son properly, I knew it wasn't your typical 'morning sickness' but thought it would just go away soon enough. I didn't know enough about hyperemesis to even think it may be something more serious.
 
 Each week became worse, so many days I couldn't get out of bed. My son learnt that when he got up in the morning he needed to bring me the bucket. He also got scared of the bucket and thought that's what made mummy sick. If I wasn't a stay at home Mum, there was no way I could of worked! No way I could of even got up to work.
I tried everything in book, you name it I tried it! I had my ginger tea ready, my crackers next to the bed, my mints and life savers in my hand bag, but NOTHING worked. I even got a naturopath cocktail made up! I didn't want to take medication, and thought it would go away soon enough. It didn't and week 13 landed me in hospital for dehydration.
People ask how I made it that far. I didn't, I shouldn't have, I look back now and there was a few days where my face was literally peeling off and my hair falling out that I should have gone to the hospital.
 
There's this stigma about 'complaining' about morning sickness. This stigma that you have to be grateful no matter what, that you can't complain about being sick. Maybe if I complained I might have actually got help sooner/been diagnosed sooner/ given my baby the nutrients it needed to grow. Ha! The stigma is usually from people that complain about their common colds too which makes me giggle :P.
See, I was SO sick that each scan my baby is measuring further behind, I was so sick that the violant vomiting makes my cervix bleed. I was so sick that I often wished I could rewind time.
 
So 13 weeks came around and seriously, I had had enough! I thought this was suppose to leave by now! And I'm still vomiting about 10 times a day! That week I had also lost two kilos, in just three days. The doctor gave me a shot of Zofran, a bag of fluids, a handful of Maxalon, said I had Hyperemesis and then I went on my way! That Zofran was a life saver! I don't think I had ever felt so good in my life. It was like having three months of gastro, to it going completely away! That was a great couple of days, but then again, I became my bed ridden self. On a great day, I was drinking 2-3 cups of water a day and having two very small meals and vomiting only twice. By this stage, I was 15 weeks pregnant. I was trying to grow my little baby with hardly anything to grow it with, with pretty much 100 days of gastro, and vomiting about 700 times in 3 & 1/2 months!
 
Things have become slightly better now the weeks have gone on. I'm 19 weeks now and sometimes it settles by half way. It definitely hasn't settled, but is a little better. I still have days I can't move, that I continually vomit, that I don't eat, and other days I'm great! 
My sickness is only mild compared to some, and still, it's so intense!
 
I'm on a few different things now;
 
Zofran:
 
This medication is used alone or with other medications to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment (chemotherapy) and radiation therapy. It is also used to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting after surgery. It works by blocking one of the body's natural substances (serotonin) that causes vomiting.

Yup! I'm on medication they give to cancer patience.

Two of these a day are prescribed, but I only take them when needed because unfortunately being such a drug, its costly.
 
Maxolon:
 
This medication is used to treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. Metoclopramide is used as a short-term treatment (4 to 12 weeks) for persistent heartburn when the usual medicines do not work well enough. It is used mostly for heartburn that occurs after a meal or during the daytime. Treating persistent heartburn can decrease the damage done by stomach acid to the swallowing tube (esophagus) and help healing.
Metoclopramide is also used in diabetic patients who have poor emptying of their stomachs (gastroparesis). Treating gastroparesis can decrease symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and stomach/abdominal fullness. Metoclopramide works by blocking a natural substance (dopamine). It speeds up stomach emptying and movement of the upper intestines.

Three of these a day are prescribed, but make me soo tired I try to stick with as less as possible.
 
Restevit:
 
 Restavit belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. They block the action of histamine and other substances produced by the body to provide relief from allergic symptoms. Some antihistamines, including doxylamine cause the central nervous system to slow down at the same time and this provides relief for insomnia.There is no evidence that Restavit is addictive.
 
Two of these a day are prescribed, but are used for insomnia so also make you really sleepy!
 
B6:
 
Vitamin B6 refers to a group of chemically very similar compounds which can be interconverted in biological systems. Vitamin B6 is part of the vitamin B complex group, and its active form, Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) serves as a cofactor in many enzyme reactions in amino acid, glucose, and lipid metabolism.
 
Whatever that all means, but apparently it helps! I've been told to take 4 of these a day.
So that's where my journey is up to now, I'll update more as my pregnancy goes on. My main concern now is getting enough nutrition to baby. Especially that it's a little behind on growing.
Here are some facts about Hyperemsis too:
 
 
 
 
 

Baby Caterpillar - 18 Weeks.



I feel like I've popped out a little bit more this week, hopefully that's a sign my bump is returning! Yey! Still though, I'm no where near as big as I was with Jydan!! Not long until we find out, but we've decided not to tell anyone until January!! Sh!! We are going to have a gender reveal party mid-January and let everyone know then! It will be instead of a baby shower, a little baby celebration. How exciting!
So I've started organising that a little bit, and will share some ideas soon.
I have started to feel baby move a bit more this week, which was such a relief because I had stopped, but baby is back to tickling me again. Naww!
I haven't been too sick this week, and put on a kilo!
Symptoms this week:
Nausea - I haven't been tooo sick this week.
Colostrum.
Tender Breasts.
Hair & Nail Growth.
Tiredness.
Movements.
 
Weight gain: A kilo.
 
Size of baby: 
About 190grams, (doubled in weight in two weeks!) and 14.2 cms head to bum!
About the size of sweet potato!
sweet potato
 
Baby's doing this week:
Baby is mimicking breathing with it's chest. Preparing to breath.
Time left:
22 weeks... tick tock, tick tock.
 
Next Milestone:
Half way in 2 weeks, and 3 weeks until our next scan!
 
Guessing baby's gender:
I'm thinking girl!!
 
Nickname for baby:
Caterpillar - because of the hungry caterpillar themed nursery.
 
Cravings:
No cravings really this week.
 
Names:
Undecided on a boys name...
 

Baby Caterpillar - 17 Weeks


 




The weeks seem to be flying by and I can't keep up! So different to Jydan's pregnancy, I love comparing them, especially the huge difference in our bellies! This time I'm still in my pre-pregnancy clothes, some tops I've gone for more flowy ones, but all in all, I only look like I have a little (big!!) bulge! It's really hard with hyperemesis when you have a really bad sick week, by the end of the week I had completely lost my baby belly! Yup, the sickness has still not left and I'm struggling with weight loss now. I'm trying to get more fats into myself when I can eat!
17 with Tiley (Jydan) & 17 with Caterpillar!
 
Symptoms this week:
Hyperemesis.
Colostrum.
Tender Breasts.
Hair & Nail Growth.
Tiredness.
Ligament Pain.
Heard movements and placenta on Doppler.
 
Weight gain: None
 
Size of baby: 
About 140grams, and 13 cms head to bum!
About the size of a pear!
pear
 
Baby's doing this week:
Skeleton and bones are beginning to harden.
Time left:
23 weeks... Time's flying!
 
Next Milestone:
Half way, in 3 weeks time!
 
Guessing baby's gender:
I'm thinking girl!!
 
Nickname for baby:
Caterpillar - because of the hungry caterpillar themed nursery.
 
Cravings:
Probably still salt!
 
Names:
Loved the ideas last week, some are on our list now! We had settled on a boys name, but now I'm not sure!!