1 in Every 300 Pregnant Women Get Extreme Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is something pretty common for pregnant women.
But imagine being so sick you can't keep anything down and you are worried about the health of your baby.
That severe condition affects one out of every 300 pregnant women...
"I was vomiting probably 20 times a day… maybe more. I thought my baby was going to die. I thought I was going to die."
Melissa Burdett had no idea being pregnant was going to be so frightening.
"I thought it was going to be a joyful thing, instead I was in hospitals for weeks at a time."
Melissa had Hyperemesis Gravidarum a rare condition that many describe as morning sickness on steroids, just out of control vomiting.
"A complete intolerance of anything by mouth either fluid or food they just cannot simply, I mean almost vomiting immediately."
"I just basically sat in my bed most of the time and would get sick and hardly ate I lost so much weight."
Even Hyperemesis Gravidarum goes away after the first trimester for most women but not Melissa...
"Only about 20% or less will continue to have nausea and vomiting after week 22 or so."
But Melissa saw no relief. She was admitted into the hospital and had to get nutrition and fluids thru iv's.
"Basically we get treated like a chemo patient."
"They are literally fed either thru a tube that goes in thru their nose and down thru their intestine or they're fed thru their veins."
Melissa's first daughter Skyelan was born three weeks early but otherwise healthy.
And even though she knew she'd have the same problems she got pregnant again and Rosilyn was born. Now that her daughters are older Melissa is sharing her story so other woman know how to tell when morning sickness gets out of control.
"I want to help other women out because I feel that a lot of women don't get the support they need from friends and family, they don't get it if they've never been thru it."
Melissa is part of a support group called the H.E.R. Foundation. They offer support and are trying to press lawmakers and the medical community to do more for Hyperemesis Gravidarum sufferers.
Melissa's biggest frustration was getting doctors to realize her condition had gone beyond normal morning sickness. Doctor Robison says good communication with your physician is really important and keeping a journal might help.
If you're experiencing morning sickness that seems severe... Doctors say to write down details.
Record how many times you get sick during the day... And how many calories and fluids you're able to take in.
Dehydration can be very dangerous if you don't seek treatment.