hello to UK members

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hello to UK members

Postby SCUK » Sep 15, 2010 9:42 am

Hi I just wanted to say I am new and from the UK. Would love to chat other other UK'ers with HG or have have had HG.

S x
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Postby katekate » Sep 15, 2010 2:15 pm

Hi SCUK. I'm glad you've found this forum it's been really useful for me and I hope it will be for you too. I'm also from the UK. I had HG with my first pregnancy earlier this year but I don't think it was managed that well. How are you finding your treatment? I'm now about 6 weeks pregnant again and so far so good - feeling very queasy off and on but this is what I imagine the worst morning sickness feels like - a walk in the park compared with HG! I'm hoping it won't be so bad this time but feel a bit like a ticking timebomb...

I had several different types of drug treatment last time so might be able to help if you have any questions.

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Postby knittingmum » Sep 19, 2010 6:16 am

Hello, I've currently got HG and am thankfully just starting to recover at 12 weeks today.

I would say if you've had HG in the past and are already seriously nauseous at 6 weeks, get on medication now. There's lots of useful info about the positive effect of pre-emptive medication.

I was nauseous from the start, following the same pattern as last time, and thanks to the info on here, got on meds much sooner. I took just phenergan at night, which just made me sleep really well, and until 7 weeks that was enough to kill the nausea. Then I added in Stemetil (prochlorperazine), at a low dose to start with. The nausea got unbearable by 8 weeks so I had to be off work until now, but so far this pregnancy I haven't vomited once, which is a massive relief given how bad it got last time as soon as the vomiting started.

So get help sooner rather than later. It also gives you a chance to check out how helpful your GP is going to be before you get critical, when it's harder to fight for good care.

Good luck and here's hoping yours ends with the first trimester this time!
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Postby SCUK » Oct 11, 2010 1:35 pm

Darts, Knittingmum and Katekate,

Thank you so much for your replies, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. After my post I ended up in hospital for 2 weeks, then stayed with my parents a while. Whilst in hospital they gave me a range of drugs as none seemed to be working but now on some and thankfully they seem to be working (having sick free days most of this week). I am now 15 weeks and really really hoping the HG is easing. Thank you for all your support I would love to keep in touch with you all for encouragement!

S x
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Postby jessshakespeare » Oct 16, 2010 5:18 am

Hi there,
I'm 7 weeks +5. I suddenly went from nauseous to vomiting every 15 minutes in the space of three days. It's my 2nd pregnancy but the first wasn't quite so bad. Although looking back I realise I did have HG last time too, and eventually was prescribed meds by my GP (14 years ago!). This time I was admitted and given IV, and came home with cyclizine. That worked great apart from the side effects up until now but I'm starting to get nauseous again and vomited 6 times yesterday. I'm hoping its just a glitch and I'm not going to get worse again!! Any advice very welcome!!
I have to say the treatment I received so far has been pretty good, and in comparison to some of the horror stories I have read about treatment in the US and other countries I'm really glad we have the NHS, at least care is pretty much standardised (relatively) and every midwife you meet will know what HG is. GPs maybe not so much, but they are generalists at the end of the day.
I feel so lucky that I was treated quickly and well, and that so far the drugs have helped. So many ppl on here have it so much worse, and I take my hat off to them for coping!!
Anyway Hello UK members, hope you are all doing ok.
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Postby SCUK » Oct 16, 2010 12:56 pm

Hi jessshakespeare,

I responded to your post on the other thread earlier but wanted to say hello again over here.

I hope the sickness has improved hun. I have been admitted to hospital 3 times to date, and like you have had good expereinces of the NHS but also some bad ones especially on my last stay (which ended up being 2 weeks) and whilst the nurses/midwives might know 'of' HG not all understand it as I was told on two occassions that HG is psychological! - that was a great help, not! One day I was also waiting 15 hours for IV. Sorry I got into a bit of a rant there, but otherwise yes I am grateful to have the NHS and would always recommend you go to hosp when needed. You dont have to be refered through your GP, you can go straight to A & E and they will admit you from there.

Keep in touch :)
Take care,
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