Amy Schumer Says This is The Only Positive Thing About Hyperemesis Gravidarum
It is no secret that comedian Amy Schumer had a rough pregnancy. Thankfully, baby Gene Attell Fischer arrived and both Schumer and her son are healthy.
Schumer joked about being pregnant forever toward the final hours of her pregnancy. “Oh yeah does it feel to everyone like I’ve been pregnant for a long time?” she wrote on Instagram just a few short days ago. “It must be getting annoying to you all that I’m still pregnant Well imagine how I feel mother f**kers!!!!!!”
While most pregnant women also feel completely done in their ninth month, Schumer battled an insidious symptom only a small percentage of women deal with throughout their pregnancy–nonstop morning sickness. In a weekend Instagram post, Schumer reflected on her pregnancy. She cited the only positive part about having unrelenting morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
It is finally over
Many women get a respite from morning sickness. But in Schumer’s case, her sickness persisted until the end. The one thing that got her through it was knowing her suffering would eventually come to an end.
She wrote, “Hyperemesis is real and it’s awful. But f**k, what they say is true. The second you give birth it’s gone.” The relief she’s feeling as to be probably the best part of having to go through something like that.
Most women need some sort of medical intervention if they suffer from hyperemesis. Schumer wrote that “The only thing that helped me with my nausea was products from @thelordjones.” Lord Jones offers a wide array of CBD oil products that contain no THC.
How common is hyperemesis gravidarum?
Up to 80% of women get some form of morning sickness during pregnancy. But about 60,000 require hospitalization due to hyperemesis gravidarum, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
Those who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum experience extreme nausea, vomiting, and weight loss. Women can also experience electrolyte issues too. In severe cases, an intravenous line (IV) is administered to replaced lost fluids.
How can you tell the difference between regular morning sickness versus hyperemesis gravidarum? Normal morning sickness involves nausea that only sometimes includes vomiting, plus nausea stops around 12 weeks of pregnancy. With hyperemesis gravidarum, vomiting always accompanies nausea that does not subside.
What causes hyperemesis gravidarum?
Hyperemesis gravidarum is caused by a hormone level rise. A specific reason why some women suffer more than others is still unknown. However, a recent study may have offered more insight into what causes it.
Two studies point to an excessive amount of a blood-borne protein, growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) as being the culprit, Science reports. This news “finally gives some answers … and validates what women have been experiencing,” Caitlin Dean, a U.K. nurse said. Some believe the condition was driven more by psychological instead of physical factors.
The findings also may help to fund and fuel better treatments for women who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. The results “also points to potential therapeutic intervention,” Stephen O’Rahilly a biochemist from the University of Cambridge who led one of the studies.
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