To anyone who is suffering, or has ever suffered from hyperemesis, you will know what a delibitating illness it is. I suffered severely with hyperemesis throughout my first pregnancy, in and out of hospital from 6 weeks. In what should be an exciting time, I could not enjoy the first 6-20 weeks of pregnancy. I tried everything from Maxalon, to Ondansetron and Stemitil to try and cope but eventually the vomiting would become so bad I would end up in hospital again severely dehydrated and deathly sick.
Naturally, when we decided to have a second baby I was very scared I would have hyperemesis again. BUT we decided to take a chance and try again. I had been to see my doctor prior to getting pregnant to work out a "medication plan" in case it did re-occur. Lucky me, 8 weeks in I am back in hospital again. My new obstetrician told me to get phenergan, which is an antihistamine. I took one at night, prior to going to bed, and it really helped me to get a good night's sleep. Not only this, but most importantly, it took away almost all of the nauseousness during the day - after starting phenergan, I would only vomit about once a week. I could eat normal meals (and plenty of them!) and I was able to return to work and could cope with the pregnancy very well. I no longer needed stemitil (which I think is a C grade pregnancy drug), or any other anti nausea drugs (except on the days where I would vomit, then I would have a maxalon and that was enough).
To anyone who is suffering from hyperemesis, consider talking about phenergan to your obstetrician to see if this might be an option for you. I have pasted some information I found on phenergan below.
"FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Phenergan is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Phenergan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Phenergan without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from Phenergan.
Read more: http://www.drugs.com/phenergan.html#ixzz0vKwTCnCf
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