My name is Rebecca. I am 33 years old and at 8 weeks 1 day of my first pregnancy. I have been extremely sick for the past 3 weeks and 4 days ago, my OB diagnosed me with HG and put me on IV fluids and a Zofran pump.
I can't believe that I have 32 more weeks and I'm already so worn out. After trying to get pregnant for a year and a half, doctors told me my body was too focused on my spinal osteoarthritis to concentrate on getting pregnant. This past November 7, 2011, I underwent a 4-level spinal fusion in my cervical spine. It was my 3rd spine surgery since 2000. My surgeon said it would be ok for me to get pregnant starting at 3 months post surgery.
For the first 2 months following spine surgery, I was in and out of the hospital because my surgical incision wouldn't heal. I had a wound vac that was attached to my neck at all times. Surgeon said it might take 6 months to heal and was contemplating reopening the wound when the incision healed spontaneously the day before Christmas Eve.
Almost exactly 3 months post-surgery, I found out I was pregnant. I had been sick for about a week, but thought it was withdrawal from pain medication. Turns out it was HG.
Now I'm 8w 1d pregnant and feel like I'm going to die every day. My doctor won't let me cut down on painkillers until my body gets stronger. I'm supposed to be doing daily exercise to strengthen my neck and support the surgery, but it's an effort just to walk up the stairs at my house. I'm terrified that my body won't be strong enough to support this pregnancy.
I feel so guilty because I've wanted to be pregnant for so long and now that I am pregnant, I'm starting to think I don't want to be pregnant anymore. I've been so sick for so long. How can I go through 32 more weeks of this?
Sorry for writing a book, but as you can see, I really need a buddy. I live just north of Chicago.
Thanks for listening,
Pregnant with 1st Child - HG since 5 weeks - EDD 10/4/2012