Review: Beyond Morning Sickness by Ashli Foshee McCall

Beyond Morning Sickness by Ashli Foshee McCall

Beyond Morning Sickness by Ashli Foshee McCall is a book about hyperemesis gravidarum.  As such, it doesn’t have an incredibly wide audience.  But, I’m choosing to blog about it because for the target audience it is an incredibly valuable book.  I know, because I belong in that group.

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is generally described as unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids. If severe and/or inadequately treated, it is typically associated with:

  • loss of greater than 5% of pre-pregnancy body weight (usually over 10%)
  • dehydration and production of ketones
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • metabolic imbalances
  • difficulty with daily activities

HG usually extends beyond the first trimester and may resolve by 21 weeks; however, it can last the entire pregnancy in less than half of these women. Complications of vomiting (e.g. gastric ulcers, esophageal bleeding, malnutrition, etc.) may also contribute to and worsen ongoing nausea.*

I recently read this book because I am in the midst of my third hyperemesis pregnancy.  Because I have been down this hellish road before, I already knew much of what I read in this book (although it did give me some new ideas for my medical care).  But the most important parts of it for me were the stories shared from other women who have suffered through hyperemesis.  It was incredibly validating.

If you, or someone you care for, is dealing with abnormal “morning sickness” then this book is a must read.  If you need some guidance on medical care, it is a wealth of information.  If you need to feel like you’re not going crazy, the stories shared will let you know you’re not alone.

Like I said, this book isn’t going to have a super wide audience, but I cannot recommend it enough for those of us in the small audience that need it.

You can get more information at Beyond Morning Sickness.

*this information was taken from the HER Foundation, which is also a great resource.

I give it:

5 stacks 



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