I found out quite quickly that my wife REALLY couldnt cope with smells, lights and noise when suffering from HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum). Quite early on (around 6 weeks), before the major sickness occured, she complained about my smell! Now, I shower regularly and like to think I look after myself but it seems that even the most faint smells of food, drink, and fragrances from aftershave and shower gel sets off a nausea affect quite early on in HG. So don’t worry if you’re better half starts compaining that you stink – just tone down the aftershave a tad! …. and possibly sleep in another room
Some typical physical triggers of HG can include:
- Blinking/bright lights
- Sight/thought/smell food (e.g. TV, others eating)
- Noise (e.g. TV, kids)
- Standing or sitting upright
- Empty stomach
- Any smells (scented deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
Understand she may need to sleep alone as her sense of smell is heightened and she can likely smell food on your skin and breath. Don’t be offended by this. It is a hormonal reaction. She also may be unable to tolerate the extra motion, and may even be unable to shower daily.
- Pressure on her stomach
- Stimulation of gag reflex (e.g. swallowing pills)
- Riding in the car (See Homeopathic Remedies.)
- Vitamins (esp. with iron)
As a past sufferer of migraines, I can relate to some of the above – the migraines were awful when they happened, so if HG has the same sort of symptoms it must be really terrible.