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…]

Suffering and the Mind/Body Connection in Mental Illness

Over the last month or so, I’ve felt debilitatingly sad and overwhelmed. A feeling that was reinforced every time I learned more about Planned Parenthood, saw the orange, hazy smoke outside my window from the fires and every time I visited with my dear (incarcerated) sister online. She should not be locked up and the [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…]

Gospel Suffering

“Whenever you love, you reenact Jesus’ death. Consequently, gospel stories always have suffering in them. American Christianity has an allergic reaction to this part of the gospel. We’d love to hear about God’s love for us, but suffering doesn’t mesh with our right to “the pursuit of happiness.” So we pray to escape a gospel [Read More…]

Waiting Upon the Lord

Today we launched a new Facebook group for women who have or had Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is a Christian, pro-life group and we’d love to have any mamas in need of support join us there. You do not need to be a Christian to join. < [Read more…]

Glimpsing Glory

We had the opportunity to go back and worship with the saints at Trinity Reformed Church yesterday. They are starting a new series on marriage and yesterday was the first installment. It was excellent , but that is not the point of this post.  It was after the sermon, before prayer and communion (I think? [Read More…]

The Point

I think most of us get caught up in the destination question. Where are we headed? What is the point? When will we get there? Will we ever get there? And our vision becomes myopic and too focused on everything but the most important Thing – our destination is our Father. Our final destination and [Read More…]

Mercies

I was looking for a particular photo today and ran across this one. I was 33 weeks pregnant with Liam. Less than two weeks later I was hospitalized due to pre-term labor. Liam was born at 38 weeks. He was 8lbs and 3oz. The day he was born I weighed 125lbs. Days after his birth, [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…]