She says she is really sick. Is she exaggerating?

Frequently asked questions by family and friends of HG sufferers.

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She says she is really sick. Is she exaggerating?

Postby admin » May 27, 2004 12:04 am

First of all, understand that she is really sick and no one except those who have had HG will truly understand what she is experiencing. You may have a better idea if you imagine having food poisoning for weeks (or months). Most people know how miserable and exhausting just a day or two of that is. Also, keep in mind that women become isolated due to being so ill and may become depressed ( ... gnancy.pdf - PDF) and/or anxious, especially if HG lasts beyond mid-pregnancy or is very severe. This is not uncommon and not her fault. If she feels depressed, talk to her and her doctor about medication or try natural homeopathic remedies. Some medications have been researched for use during pregnancy after the first trimester.

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