Hyperemesis Gravidarum Before, During And The Aftermath. 
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 -Carissa Olowski 's 

 I can't believe I am going to be going through HG again, it's surreal.  I'm trying to get my body in the best shape before I do this again. I can do this, I am a HG warrior

In August 30th I met with Obgyn Dr. Jenny Stireman of St Luke’s Wood River, where I had my first blood panel and ultrasound. This would be the day I saw my precious miracle’s heart beat for the first time. A very eventful first week took place when I found out I was pregnant. August ended with my 6th week that brought many up’s and down’s.  The father of my child left on Friday, August 31st and never returned, later I would come to find out why. I went to stay with my mom that night an hour away. Little did she know this would be the day she would take on becoming the other person I would need so dearly in my life. September 1st Michele and I attended the IMPRA rodeo finals in Hailey, we weren’t there 10 minutes and the vomiting started severely. After a half hour we left as I was too sick to be in public. I worked with Dr. Stireman over the phone to address the nausea in which she prescribed Zofran. On September 4th, 7 weeks pregnant, I went to St Luke’s Magic Valley emergency room for dehydration and vomiting. I was given IV fluids, IV Zofran, a blood/prenatal panel, and then sent home.  On September 11th went to Stireman for a checkup and to discuss Hyperemesis Gravidarum. September 28th, 11 weeks pregnant, I was taken to Magic Valley ER for problems associated to Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is similar to having nerve damage in your upper stomach many times mistaken for Acid Reflux but rather causes pain when exacerbated.  I was given IV fluids, IV Zofran/Phenergan, pain meds, a GI cocktail, a blood panel, and then sent home. On September 29th returned back to Magic Valley ER where the same exact treatment was given, then sent home. My 7th-10th week of pregnancy was definitely one of the most miserable things I could ever encounter; there is no way to even begin to describe the misery.

CARISSA'S OLOWSKI 'S HG STORY 

In The Aftermath Of HG, I Suffer From, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, PTSD and Ongoing Chronic Pain Issues From Neuropathy. This Is The Aftermath Of HG For Me!

​-Carissa Olowski

After $150,000 in medical bills, Sage has $50,000 from the NICU, plus not working my entire pregnancy; my miracle did not come cheap. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not only a life threatening disease but will change you financially. It has taken both of us over 5 months to recover physically from the pregnancy and we still struggle to this day from the long term effects. Sage and I have both been hospitalized several times since her birth. In July 2013 Sage experienced a 3 day hospital stay at UCLA. I have no indication of HG being a genetic factor in my family and would like to find answers to why it started with me. I would like to advocate to all the women suffering with HG, daughters that will face this disease, and the long term physically effects that HG has on lives of mothers and children’s after the pregnancy called the aftermath. I love you with all my heart Miss Sage Kathanna Benko. Keep growing my beautiful miracle! After $150,000 in medical bills, Sage has $50,000 from the NICU, plus not working my entire pregnancy; my miracle did not come cheap. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not only a life threatening disease but will change you financially. It has taken both of us over 5 months to recover physically from the pregnancy and we still struggle to this day from the long term effects. Sage and I have both been hospitalized several times since her birth. In July 2013 Sage experienced a 3 day hospital stay at UCLA. I have no indication of HG being a genetic factor in my family and would like to find answers to why it started with me. I would like to advocate to all the women suffering with HG, daughters that will face this disease, and the long term physically effects that HG has on lives of mothers and children’s after the pregnancy called the aftermath. I love you with all my heart Miss Sage Kathanna Benko. Keep growing my beautiful miracle! Mommy loves you so much you are my everything.

To this day I have Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, PTSD and ongoing chronic pain issues from neuropathy. It took me well over a 1 ½ years before I finally got the right help for my mental issues that stemmed from such a horrific pregnancy. At one point I questioned my ability to be a single mother. Then I realized that I couldn’t let HG win. I had a tubal ligation,which ended up being a huge regret today. I was planning on tubal reversal to try for another child, but we may try for IVF. After saying I would never go through HG again, I met the love of my life and got married and I am preparing for IVF. We met with a leading Maternal Fetal Medicine Doctor who gave us hope that this pregnancy could be managed with J-tubes at the very start. They will place between 8-11 weeks to prevent any further harm to the baby if they wait. For the first 20 months and my whole pregnancy, I suffered in silence all alone. I had no partner or family that cared to deal with me as I was a miserable person. Today, I’m proud to say that our family is doing well. I was fortunate enough to have met a man that doesn’t run when it gets hard. Now, she has a loving dad that has become an important figure in her life.  Even with all the medical issues we both had, it was one rough journey, but we are Survivors of Hyperemesis Gravidarum! I will keep you updated on this journey. Good medical care from the start is key, I am hoping this pregnancy with a HG plan in place I can beat HG and have a healthy baby. I plan to video diary this HG pregnancy to show other HG moms my journey so stay tuned. I look forward to share more of my story and how my daughter Sage who has been affected long team as myself do to HG. HG changes you forever, my husband I hope with a good HG plan in place and team we can beat HG this time. You will be able to read my full story in Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Before, during, and the aftermath, the rare side of pregnancy you haven't seen coming late 2016 BY Starr Andrews Strong.