Morning Sickness vs Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Do you know the difference?

For women with HG, working can become impossible. The nausea and vomiting greatly interfere with the ability to perform expected tasks. There’s often a need to get extra help to care for children. In some severe cases, a woman may even need assistance with basic hygiene help. It isn’t uncommon for HG families to need [Read More…]

HG Made Me a Better Mom

I know I talk a lot about HG. Particularly here, here, and here. But, you have to understand, having Hyperemesis Gravidarum changed my life. It changed me. Even before I got that first positive pregnancy test, I had so many ideas about what I wanted my pregnancy, labor and delivery to be like. I was excited [Read More…]

How to Save a Life

When my third baby was 8 months old, I got pregnant. I love my children, I love my husband, but I was devastated. Hyperemesis Gravidarum stole my excitement over that set of tiny red lines. I hadn’t even had a period yet and I was still grossly underweight from my last pregnancy. Ben and I [Read More…]

Lou Rhodes and Chicken Soup

It is raining outside, something the Northwest desperately needs right now. These are my favorite kind of days. The rain patters on the skylight above my kitchen. My girls are spending the weekend with Mimi and Poppi (Ben’s parents), so it is just me and the guys. Ben spent the afternoon sleeping after working a [Read More…]

Wanted: A Baby to Love

I recently reconnected with a childhood friend and learned that she, too, had Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her cases, however, were much more severe than what I experienced. Today, she, her husband and their five-year-old daughter and are praying for God to bring them another baby through adoption. Please take a moment to watch their story: Stories [Read More…]

Motherhood Can Be All Consuming

Please join me today over at Pearl’s OysterBed, where I am talking about intimacy in early motherhood. [Read more…]

Fighting My Goliath (aka Answered Prayer No. 7)

Recently on my Facebook page, I came out of the closet: I’ve been a slave to poor body image for most of my life. There were times that were good (and honestly, those were the times that I wasn’t particularly challenged), but more often than not, I loathed the way I looked. My early history isn’t [Read More…]

Hello, My Name is Abra and I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Today is National Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day. I had HG throughout the entirety of all four of my pregnancies. What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum? HG is unrelenting nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It is not the same thing as morning sickness. HG often resolves around 20 weeks, but I got lucky —  I had hypermesis gravidarum [Read More…]

Two Years Later

My youngest turned 2 today. He is so old and so young all at once. Such a little man. I love him. I love all my kids. Even factoring in the hyperemetic pregnancies, the result is far greater than the effort I put into them. It is my custom to reflect on my experience with Hyperemesis [Read More…]

Fight for Us

Fight for Us ↑ This post is incredibly encouraging. The last month has been a tough one for me. With the gloriously answered prayer has come the revisited burden of serious hormone upset. Old symptoms that had previously been gotten “under control” reared their ugly heads and brought with them a host of debilitating inconveniences. Hyperemesis [Read More…]