Book Review

How to Be Sick

You can tell from my blogs on my hyperemesis gravidarum that I had a rough pregnancy. When you’re wondering if your body is even capable of bringing a baby to term, because you’re basically allergic to being pregnant, and you could lose your own life and the life of your not-yet-viable baby…it’s a lot of… Continue reading How to Be Sick

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Life

Recovery (Baby Steps!)

One of the absolute best things I’ve learned from the Nerd Fitness Academy is the importance (and effectiveness!) of baby steps. Incremental changes over long periods of time will stick 100% better than quick, monumental changes. I used to be the kind of person who wanted to change everything at once. It’s a funny kind… Continue reading Recovery (Baby Steps!)

Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Life

Side Effects

Hubby and I were talking about medication side effects, because of how strange some of my reactions have been to certain things. He majored in Psychology, so he knows a little about the biophysical effects of various medications on the brain and all that. He talked some about the blood-brain barrier—not something I’ll claim to… Continue reading Side Effects

Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Life

The End of HG: Our Birth Story

I suppose the beginning of our birth story starts with an OB appointment. I had my week 37 growth scan with the perinatologist, and the results weren’t heartening. An abdominal circumference higher than the 99th percentile, and a head size in the 97th percentile. My OB drew me a bell curve and charted out our… Continue reading The End of HG: Our Birth Story

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Your Hospital Stay with HG

I'm part of a Facebook group for moms with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, created by the HelpHER foundation. One mom currently in the middle of her worst weeks just got admitted to the hospital for the first time, and asked for advice. I hadn't known what hospitals stays were like, either, before my lovely friend HG showed… Continue reading Your Hospital Stay with HG

Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Life

Small Wins: 34 Weeks Pregnant

I brushed my teeth with real toothpaste today. If you know anything about HG, or have been following my other posts about it, you'll know what a big deal it is for me to brush my teeth. I've mostly been brushing with just water, which is a huge step up from not brushing at all… Continue reading Small Wins: 34 Weeks Pregnant

Life

Hypothyroidism: A Tricky Beast

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor/medical professional. Don’t take health advice from me, and do your own research. I had a recognizable pattern of “bad summers.” It started when I was 16, or at least that’s the first time we noticed it. I was sleeping all the time, preferring it to being awake. The summer in… Continue reading Hypothyroidism: A Tricky Beast

Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Life

Finding Peace in Additional Pregnancy Complications

My battle with hyperemesis gravidarum isn’t over yet. It won’t be, until I give birth, and even then I know I will struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by this debilitating illness. This week we’ve had a new pregnancy complication to deal with, on top of everything else. I just barely failed the one-hour… Continue reading Finding Peace in Additional Pregnancy Complications

Life, Writing

Restless Legs and Alien Parasites

Arguably, the chances that I’m carrying an alien parasite a la face-eater are pretty slim. We’ve had two ultrasounds, and it looked pretty human at the second one (this doesn’t, however, rule out werewolf, because it wasn’t a full moon on the date of that ultrasound…). Still, when something at the crown of your enlarged… Continue reading Restless Legs and Alien Parasites