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Thanks for this! The judgment is even worse when you can eat almost nothing due to hyperemesis gravidarum. My doc told me to eat whatever stayed down. The only thing that ever stayed down was McDonald's, and only about twice a week.
Think about that. I ate and kept down a meal twice a week, for months, while trying to gestate another human being.
I COULDN'T EAT, my baby and I were starving and dehydrated, and you would not believe the judgment I got from coworkers and others for that fast food.
People are ridiculous.
2 years ago on Things To Do While You're Pregnant* - Part II
P.S. Re this: 'If you stay sick long enough, you'll have to keep repeating over and over again that you've tried these ridiculous "remedies" -- hey, now you know what it's like to have HG!
"Yes, I've tried crackers and ginger and eating in bed, but hey, still puking 100+ times a day, getting IV fluids and taking anti-vomiting meds they give cancer patients. Thanks for your non-expert advice!"
And then they tell you you're killing your baby with your life-saving drugs.
People are stupid.
2 years, 2 months ago on Anatomy of a Very Public Illness.
OMgoodness, Gina. The trolls are out to get you -- that's two invasions of your privacy by authority figures sicced on you by the Interwebs. Insane!
Good for her! I've been through medically necessary 4 C-sections. If there had been any possible safe way to avoid the knife, I would have avoided it. Kimberley, I am proud of you!!
2 years, 2 months ago on I Would Do Anything For My Babies, But I Won't Do That...
I cannot believe anyone would wonder how to discuss feeding a child -- with a child. It just boggles the mind.
And yeah, when you breastfeed, your older ids see it live in action every day. Not a big deal.
2 years, 3 months ago on How to Talk to Your Kids About Breastfeeding
*Claps and cheers* Yup, me too.
Plus, I need to work or our family wouldn't make it financially.
2 years, 4 months ago on I Don't Homeschool Because...
"I have no problem at all throwing my good friend Crowley under the bus for this post because that fucker (I say that with love) has a whole act in his comedy routine detailing one of our “intimate moments.” Punkass. You had this coming, Crowley."
Ahahahahahahahaha! That's what he gets for throwing an "OMGoodness, boobs!" fit. IN LA!!
2 years, 7 months ago on That Time A Lactivist Was Afraid to Nurse in Public...
yup! www.helpher.org -- click on "Forums" at the top of the page. I'm a moderator there and would be happy to welcome you!
2 years, 9 months ago on Judging Moms May Be Good for Your Traffic, But It's Bad For Your Feminism
NVP is a continuum, but I and many other HGers think the placenta and its hormones are somehow related to HG -- perhaps HG moms are more sensitive to them, I don't know.
In any case, I take an enormous amount of Zofran during pg, and it does have side effects on mom (constipation especially!) Don't want to find out if it is still hanging around in my placenta (just want to have a normal BM after months and months, lol.)
In the end, I think women jump on other women to make them feel better about themselves and their own choices. I also think, when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing, it's a competiton to be the most "perfect." When one mother goes on and on about how she wouldn't risk her Little Einstein by taking a Tylenol while pregnant, for example, she communicates to the women around her that she is striving for perfection, and anyone who cannot live up to her standard -- or has completely different standards and measures of success and wellbeing -- is a failure.
I would consider placenta encapsulation, but I take some pretty havy-duty anti-vomiting drugs while pregnant (I get hyperemesis gravidarum -- www.helpher.org) and honestly don't want to keep taking them through my placenta after birth. Plus, many HG moms suspect the placenta and its hormones have a big role in our non-stop vomiting , so we kind of hate on our placentas -- keeps us from blaming the baby for being sick -- it's the placenta's fault!
But props to my sisters who find benefit through this practice! Good for them!
As for judgment, oh I get lots of that. Try telling anyone, from the crunchy granola moms to your own grandmother, that you are on four different types of medication while pregnant to keep you and baby alive, and every one of them will jump down your throat about how "those drugs are going to hurt your baby!" Gee, thanks for expounding on how to treat an illness you didn't know existed until I told you I had it, and the safety of drugs you didn't know existed until you saw me taking them.