STOP TELLING ME TO EAT GINGER BISCUITS
Are you suffering from Hyperemesis?
Are you getting the advice from well-wishers to eat ginger biscuits. You’re silently barking at every person who tells you to eat them. Aren’t you?
THE MYTH OF THE GINGER BISCUIT
I feel your pain. If we had a pound [insert your country’s currency] for every person who had told us to eat ginger biscuits. I’m sure we could migrate, own an island and live a life of lavishness.
I’ve had hyperemesis with all three of my pregnancies. My first pregnancy was in 2004, my second in 2005 and my last pregnancy was in 2017. The advice about ginger biscuits was no less in 2017 than it was in 2004.
The most recent advice about the sweet treat was last year whilst I was admitted into hospital.
Now I’m sure you’re thinking it was a patient on the ward that gave me the advice.
Well you’d be wrong.
Was it a nurse?
No, wrong again.
It was. Wait for it. It was a consultant that gave the advice to eat ginger biscuits.
After I’d been on a drip for a day and barely being able to walk.
A male consultant nonchalantly explained that I must eat. And then said “have you tried ginger biscuits?”.
Arghhh. Well, I was in no mood to hear the ginger biscuit myth.
And the remark was swiftly accompanied with anger. This was when the incredible hulk inside of me reared its head. I could feel my body beginning to swell and steam about to burst from ears. My body was inducing a heat of rage. I needed to practice decorum.
So I calmly explained to the consultant.
I have tried everything and nothing works, and that if it did work I wouldn’t be in his hospital. I further explained that I’ve experienced hyperemesis three times. And I’m very knowledgeable about what I can and can’t eat and ginger biscuits is not one of them.
I’m sure medical practices have advanced enough to offer more practical advice. Why are professionals treating us like blithering idiots. Do they not realise that if a woman has been admitted to hospital, it’s for a reason. By the time of hospital admittance, hyperemesis sufferers have exhausted all avenues. Ginger biscuits are not the cure!!
PEOPLE WON’T UNDERSTAND
My last pregnancy was slightly better. By this time (2017) a member of the royal family had experienced hyperemesis. So it was more known and people could sympathise slightly.
But, this time round, I dealt with the fact that people won’t get it. They won’t understand unless they’ve witnessed or experienced hyperemesis for themselves.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF SOMEONE RECOMMENDS YOU EAT GINGER BISCUITS
By now, you’ve possibly had every man, woman and their dog tell you to try ginger biscuits. They mean no harm!!
Very kindly explain that:-
• You’ve tried ginger biscuits and all things containing ginger, and they don’t work.
• You need help from medical professionals and not biscuits.
• Hyperemesis is caused by the brain and gut reacting to hormones and it’s not due to what you’re eating.
• You need to find the right medication which block the hormones sent to your brain and gut.
They should hopefully stop nagging you after a calm explanation.
In the meantime, connect with people who understand what you’re going through. During my last pregnancy I experienced solace in reading blogs and forums. This wasn’t around in 2004 and 2005, it was a blessing to have the internet by my side in 2017.
Connect with charities that can help you. In the UK, we have pregnancy sickness support. I had a buddy who I could text regularly and she’d check I was ok, advise and encourage me.
Remember, those close to you recommending old wives remedies are trying to help, I know it’s hard. But, try to control the rage you’re building up inside. Even if the advice is absolutely useless!
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I’m Cheryl. I’m on a quest to help and share what I’ve learnt about nutrition, yoga, autoimmune disease, hormones and joint disease.
I’m a sufferer of the above diseases and have used yoga and nutrition to manage my illnesses. Success with my health led me to become a qualified Nutritional Therapist and Yoga Teacher.