Life With A Zofran Pump During Pregnancy

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For most women, there is an expectation that you will experience some morning sickness. However, for a percentage of women, they have morning sickness on steroids, also know as Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or HG for short. I’ve had extreme HG during both pregnancies. Between the two, I was hospitalized a total of seven times due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum. One option for getting through pregnancy with Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a Zofran Pump. When I was first told I was going on a pump, I was curious what it entailed. Surprisingly, there wasn’t much info on the Internet at the time. I’m hoping to fix that with a glimpse into my life with a Zofran Pump.

life with a Zofran pump during pregnancy


What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the mom-to-be and the newborn(s). At the end of both pregnancies, I weighed less than the day I took a pregnancy test. I personally dropped 30 pounds very quickly and then slowly gained some of it back over the course of the pregnancy.

Life With a Zofran Pump

A Zofran pump is similar to an insulin pump for someone with Diabetes. My pump controls the medicine–a constant drip of Zofran (a strong anti-nausea medicine often given to chemo patients, which is also effective in battling Hyperemesis.) The Zofran pump goes with me everywhere, including the shower. The pump can’t get wet, so I have a plastic pouch it goes in. The plastic the pouch is made out of shower curtain liner material.

Zofran Pump

The pump is attached to my stomach through a tiny catheter. I have to change the infusion site every day. It doesn’t really hurt to put the tiny needle into my abdomen, but it does get sore the longer it has been in my stomach. The medicine is constantly dripping and pools under my skin to be absorbed. It gets red, sore, and occasionally itchy. The red spots stay for several days and often bruise. I find that I’m running out of places to stick myself that aren’t still sore and trying to heal.

Since I stick myself daily, I must have a “Bio-Hazard” Container. The home health company didn’t provide one for me–just the sticker. We’re using a large bottle left over from apple juice. Good thing we recycle, or we wouldn’t have had an empty container ready. The sharps container resides in our laundry room high out of my son’s reach among my cleaning supply stockpile.

Since I’m constantly using medicine and supplies, I get weekly visits from the FedEx delivery man. I feel important answering my door in my jammies to find boxes labeled with expiration dates and emergency shipment warnings.

The medicine in the box is always accompanied by an ice pack to keep the medicine cold in transit. I immediately count them and place them in the refrigerator until it’s their turn in the pump.

I also receive new kits for changing my infusion sites. These include everything I need to change my site daily. Basically there is a needle with a catheter threaded inside of it. When I pull the needle out of my skin, the catheter stays in my skin. It sounds complicated, but it is surprisingly simple. I usually  have my husband poke me. I can and have changed the site, but I find that I “chicken out” half way through and it hurts more when I do it. Yes, I’m a wimp. 🙂  I also receive new batteries to keep the pump running.

I have to stand on the scale every morning to keep a close watch on my weight. The home health care nurse calls me each morning to get my weight report. Since I don’t have an appetite and I’m getting sick often, this is a very big deal. So far, I’ve lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks. Normally I’d be ecstatic about this weight loss, but since I’m “eating for two” it isn’t something good. It means my body is using my fat stores and basically eating itself. Since I’m not up and active due to the extreme nausea, I’m becoming weak and wobbly. (Just for reference, I lost 30 pounds with my first pregnancy. I delivered Jonah at a healthy 7 lbs 11 oz. I did not have a pump during that pregnancy and was in the hospital 5 times.)

Another daily routine I now have is checking my urine for ketones (something often associated with diabetes.) The evidence of ketones in my urine lets the nurse know how dehydrated I am. If my ketones get too high, I’ll have to have another round of IV fluids. Oh, the importance of daily peeing on a stick.

There you have it…life with a zofran pump. It’s no fun. It’s definitely not glamorous.

For more info about Hyperemesis Gravidarum visit the Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation.

Resources for Hyperemesis Gravidarum Survival

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Did this post help you? Share with your friends and family so they can get a glimpse of what you’ll be going through on your Zofran pump.

Update: If you are a pregnant woman going through Hyperemesis Gravidarum, please know that you can make it. Both of my boys are happy and healthy. They were worth it. Carry on, warrior.

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  1. good grief. Growing a baby takes on a whole new meaning. so sorry, but I’m thinking/praying for you, sweet friend!

    • It does take on a whole new meaning to grow a baby! Most days I feel like I’m conducting a science experiment. 🙂 Thank you for your prayers Kristen!

      • I know this is 8 years after the fact. But I was just put on a zofran pump and this article is spot on. Thank you.

        • Thank you Brittney! I hate that you’re having to go on a pump. I hope it works for you. I’m actually pregnant again and have decided not to go on a pump this time. I need it, but I hated it so much and I developed an adhesive allergy during the time I had the pump.

  2. Praying for you!!!!!!!

  3. Oh my word, girl! Bless your heart. Please know I’m thinking and praying for you. Anything I can do?

  4. you are a trooper! hope you are able to rest a bit, too. do you expect to keep the pump in throughout the pregnancy?

    • I’m resting well, with a little help from Phenergran 🙂 Ray has been wonderful about letting me sleep in as much as possible because it seems to help to ease into the day. I’m not sure how long I’ll be on the pump. I was sick most of my pregnancy with Jonah, so I’m guessing I will be on it for quite some time.

  5. whew! That is quite a bit a work.. does it seem to be helping? I hope so!!

  6. You might want to try your love handles or right under your belt line the top of your butt kinda the side of your hip. That is where Matt wears his pump site. I have even seen people wear them on the back of your arm. Don’t know if I would try that one. Sending prayers your way. If you have any question give me a call any time. Or if you ever need help with anything.

    • Thanks Mandy! I’ll double-check with my nurse to see if I’m allowed to move it to other areas. So far they’ve only mentioned my stomach. Does Matt’s site ever get red and splotchy? I may have you look at my stomach when I see you this weekend.

  7. This is what it was like for me – except they didn’t give me a bag to use for the shower. I could only shower when we changed the needle every couple of days.

    You make me feel so lucky that my nausea mostly went away at 13 weeks. Hang in there!

  8. Jill @ Live Laugh Blog says:

    I am so glad a friend referred me to your blog!
    I’m 16 weeks with my third, and am suffering with Hyperemesis for the first time.
    I’ve been on Zofran pill (the dis-solvable ones) for about 6 weeks now, hospitalized once, and have lost 35 pounds. It’s been a rough ride.
    We’re in the process of being approved from a Zofran Pump and I am so relieved to see all the pieces and the parts that comes with it. It scares me to death, but not being able to take care of my 5 & 3 year old girls has been the hardest part in all of this.
    I’m adding you to my blogroll & googlereads so I can follow along with another HG friend!

    • Oh Jill, how I wish I could give you a hug! I know how hard it is, but just think, at the end of all this yuckiness you will have a sweet baby! It IS worth it! How funny that I just posted this today! I knew God wanted me to post about this for someone else wondering about the Zofran pump…God knew you needed to read it. His perfect timing! The pump will definitely help since it is a constant drip of medicine. Hopefully the approval will come through quickly so you can get some relief! This is my second time with Hyperemesis, so feel free to email me and vent…because I totally get it! I found that not everyone understood the gravity of how sick I was because it isn’t common.

  9. No not normally unless he wears it in too long, but he wears his 3 or 4 days at a time. You can see spots where he has worn it in the past. Is it the tape that is making you splotchy? I know on me the tape breaks me out. Let me know what the nurse says. Hope to see you this weekend!

  10. WoW! You have a full time job just taking care of yourself. But, it will be so worth it once that little one gets here. I can’t wait to see pictures of all three of your kiddos!

  11. Wow, what trials you have to go through. I’ll be praying for you. I can’t imagine. Hugs.

  12. Have been and will keep praying for you!

  13. Wow, you got a pump! Though it doesn’t look like too much fun I think it would’ve worked better than the pills! I was on them for the entire 9mos of all 4 pregnancies, no fun! Lost 16 pounds with my first baby! I feel your pain, so sorry you’re sick.

    I also did a Benadryl supplement every 6 hours, that helped some too :o) Praying for you!

    • The pump isn’t fun, but it’s helping so I’ll keep it. Can’t believe you went through this for 4 pregnancies, Erica! I just got out of the hospital for the second time this pregnancy (I’m only 13 weeks) and I’m feeling totally done with all of this sickness. Thanks for the prayers!

  14. I am 11 weeks and going in today to get my very own pump. I’m okay with it because I don’t know how much longer I can take being this sick, but I also have a lot of anxiety about the whole thing. A lot more than I expected, I guess. How do you carry the thing around other than in your hand?

    Thank you for your blog — it really helps those of us who are wondering what exactly this little device & all this poking is really about.

    • @Maryke–You are the exact reason I wrote this! I couldn’t find the info I was looking for online when I started with my pump, so I thought if I wrote it on my blog others might find it helpful. So glad you found it and found it helpful! To answer your question, I received a pouch that has an adjustable strap for your shoulder. You will most likely get one, too. Know that you aren’t alone in your hyperemesis! If you ever have any other questions, feel free to ask me. I’ve been on the pump for quite a while now and am hoping to wean off of it soon. This is also my second pregnancy with hyperemesis. You can make it and will have a beautiful baby at the end! 🙂

  15. Zofran is not well studied in pregnancy. There is no proof that Zofran Pump works any better then Zofran ODT (orally disolving tablets). I would go with the less expensive and less invassive route of administration first. Also may want to try short course home IV then orals.
    Remember, there are no benign drugs and drugs in pregnancy can proove to be a dangerous experiment. Zofran is likely safe in pregnancy but that is what the experts thought about a whole host of drugs that were later discuvered to be toxic to Mom or Baby.

    • Thank you for your comment expressing your concerns Jim. While I agree that we should proceed with caution when taking medicine during pregnany, I also know what my life is like without the Zofran pump. The Zofran ODT didn’t phase the hyperemesis while the pump has allowed me to function in my everyday life. This is my second time with the condition and after several hospital visits the Zofran pump is the least invasive and inexpensive in comparison to continuous hospital stays. I trust my high-risk doctors. This post was just showing what life is like on a pump, not providing medical advice or opinions.

      • I just came out of the hospital I’m only 10 weeks and that’s my 6th time visiting the E R so now my dr ordered me the zofran pomp I hope it would help me ????
        Thanks for all the info it really helped but where you able to eat?

        • Hi Maysa,
          I am so sorry you found me because you have Hyperemesis, but then again, so glad you found this post helpful! It took a little time, but yes, I was able to eat eventually. I found that snacking and sipping was beneficial to me. If you keep a little something in your stomach at all times by snacking and sipping, your stomach doesn’t freak out the second something touches it. I know it’s hard, but try. I found that graham crackers, animal crackers, etc. were the thing I could always keep down. Also, lemonade for some reason. A word of warning: you will want to take a stool softener.

  16. I too suffered Hyperemisis Gravidarum during my last pregnancy, I too had the Zofran pump which was a life saver I had spent so many days inthe hospital prior to getting approval for the pump. I lost 60 pounds with the pregnancy but delivered a beautiful healthy 7 pound 8 oz daughter in March 2005. One thing that helped me also was drinking nutrician drinks like “Ensure” or Boost or even the store brands they contain the nutrician I needed and it wasnt too much for my super sensitive tummy.

  17. Cheryl Hunt says:

    I really appreciate you putting this info up. I am pregnant with my second child and after a pretty scary trip to the ER in an ambulance from work yesterday I was informed that I will be getting a Zofran pump. I have been on Zofran, Phenergan, Reglan, and B6 for my nausea. I have been a little nervous, but reading this makes me feel a more at ease. I have 6 months to go and I have been on bedrest already for 10 days all while working full time. Anything that will give me some relief I am ready for it!

  18. Sara, thank you so much for this post. I got my pump on Sunday after being released from the hospital and I’m still adjusting. I change my infusion site every day but I’m still getting those awful knots — especially if I call for a bolus. The hot washcloth idea the nurses offer sounds great except for the part where it doesnt help much! Did you find any good tricks? Like you described, I am quickly running out of available real estate and I just don’t think I can tolerate it in my thigh! Ideas welcome.

    Thanks again for this post. I was in a panic until I found it and it’s helping me stay calm(er) to know others have gone through this and lived to blog about it. 😉

    • Hang in there! I wrote this because when I was looking for the answers I couldn’t find them! The knots are just part of it…no matter what I tried to relieve them! I would do a hot compress the day I switched followed by a cold compress the next day. Eventually, I began to itch like crazy (I think I was allergic to the adhesive from the sites combined with the medicine) and I would use anti-itch cream to relieve this. I did not use my legs, but rotated around my stomach as well as I could. I tried my thigh and couldn’t tolerate the pain there…especially with a 3 year old wanting in my lap. You might ask for permission to do your “love handle” area, but I never tried it. Also, without getting too TMI, stool softener is your friend! A side effect nobody mentioned to me until it was too late. It makes sense really, since you’re not eating/drinking much combined with the meds.

  19. I am currently trying to decide whether or not to have a zofran pump installed and I found your blog very helpful. Taking 8 mg of zofran orally every 6 hours works 98% of the time for me, and reading what you wrote made me decide to just stick with that. Thank you!

    • Alyssa–Obviously, it is an individual choice depending on the severity of your hyperemesis. If the oral pills are working for you, I would definitely stick with them! Unfortunately, the pills just didn’t phase it for me and the only way I could control it was with the pump. The pump wasn’t fun, but it helped me to function and kept me out of the hospital. Good luck to you!

  20. I just stumbled across your blog, and this is my life as well. It’s kinda comforting to know other people have lived thru. I’m only 8 wks and down 10 lbs so far.

    • Thanks for saying hello Meredith! You can live through it! I’m ready to give birth any day now with this pregnancy and got off the pump at 28 weeks. I’m still negative 5 lbs overall. Feel free to ask questions if you need to. Saying a prayer for your quick recovery!

  21. Omg I am so thankful for you putting this info online. I’m a first time mommy going through HG and after countless hospital stays and a picc line, they’ve finally told me I’ll be put on a zofran pump. Wasn’t really sure what is was and that scared me. To be honest I’m still a little scared about getting it. I’m 14 wkd pregnant and have lost about 20lbs. This is a whole new experience for me, seeing as how I’ve never heard of anyone going through this. Any advice at all would really help. =]]

    • Hang in there Adriana! The pump will help! It isn’t fun, but then again, throwing up constantly isn’t fun either. There are lots of advice tips throughout the comments on this post.

  22. Hi,

    I have 2 children, and had severe HG with both. I am gearing up for pregnancy #3, like preparing for war. I completely relate to what you are describing you feel like. I have never tried a Zofran pump before, the oral tablets don’t work for me. I will be this time!!! HOW DID YOU GET ONE? Also, I plan on living on an IV for hydration and nutrition through home nursing, have you done that?

    Thank you for sharing this information, it gives me hope I may make it through #3 being vertical part of the time.

    God Bless you,

    • I got on the pump through my doctor. Since I had my first hospital stay at 8 weeks, they knew the second pregnancy was going to be worse. We worked with a home health group. They could administer IV fluids if needed, but they never had to. I did have a second hospital stay at 12 weeks due to rapid decline. You will weigh daily and check for ketones in you urine. The home health will monitor you closely. Good luck with pregnancy #3!

  23. I know this post was back in February, but if I had to share my experience with the zofran pump you would have taken the words right out of my mouth. I had the zofran pump 2 years ago when I was pregnant with my son (who is now 18 months). As much as those sites annoyed me and I hated always having to call Alere to give myself a bolus, I don’t think I would have survived without it. I was able to function and take care of my (at the time) 3 year old daughter. My husband is a firefighter and is gone for 24 hours at a time and when it was just my daughter and I, I didn’t want to do anything but lay in bed and throw up into a bucket. After the pump I was able to get a little bit of my life back (although, I was still nauseous. Just not deathly sick). I hope you don’t mind but I shared your blog with a friend who just found out she is pregnant with her 2nd and suffered from hypermesis with her daughter and is now showing the same symptoms of it with this pregnancy. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you for commenting Jodi! Sorry it took a while to respond, this comment slipped by me. Hope your friend is having some relief from the nausea! And yes, I wasn’t fond of the pump, but it helped me survive.

  24. Hi ~ I just wanted to ask you for some advice on the pump ~ My daughter is 9 weeks pregnant and has been on under the tongue zofran for about 3 weeks ~ She has also been in the hospital on an iv which helped alot ~ IT took her nausea from about a 10 to a 4 which felt like heaven to her ~
    She is so desperate at this point and is horribly nauseated ~ We called to get the pump but aren’t sure how long it will take to get it ~
    Did you think it worked well in comparison to the pill zofran ? Oh my gosh she is so so miserable and cries alot because the pain is so bad ~ I am also worried about the effect on the baby ?
    Thank you so very much for any help or advice that you can give us ~She is so desparate at this point ~


    • Sara ~ Oh my goodness I just read through all of the comments and got some answers and also realized I repeated myself :/ It has been a rough day ~ Thank you so much for your blog!!

      • Sorry it took me a while to get back with you Lori, but I’m so glad you found the answers in the comments. How is the pump helping your daughter? Any relief yet?

        • Sara it has helped her nausea go from a 10 to about a 6-7 ~ The home health nurse keeps upping her dosage
          saying that it should make her have times during the day that she does not have nausea ~ Did you find that ever happening to you ? I want to see your baby so I am off to read more of your current posts 🙂

          • It took a long time to get to the right dosage for me. I, too, had to keep upping the dosage. The main thing is that in the end, there is a little one to love and snuggle. It sure is hard getting to that point though. Tell her to hang in there!

  25. Great post. Totally describes life with a zofran pump. I recently got mine as well. Due July 7th and have been suffering with HG since 6 weeks and hospitalized 5 times already. I started out taking zofran orally then added phenergan to it taking them at the same time. They still weren’t working. I lost 35 pounds from the beginning of this pregnancy. It has been a nightmare. Luckily the zofran is working very well for me from the pump. The real downside of this therapy is how sore and lumpy my stomach has become. I have to change the site up to 3 times a day if not more. I’m running out of spots to use. So excited for July to come and not worry about pregnancy, ketones and vomiting anymore!

  26. Thanks for this! I had no idea what this zofran pump was going to be like….my doc advised me I’d be on it yesterday. So now I can prepare myself for the needles….sheesh.

  27. Sara, thank you so much for this post. I have a beautiful 1yr old boy and was really concerned about how or if we would add to our family based on my struggle with HG in my first pregnancy. You’re absolutely right that very few people understand the severity of it and that makes it difficult to explain why we’re not rushing to try again. I’ll admit, seeing all of the ‘gear’ associated with the pump was scary the first time I read this. But the most important thing I read (via comments & your story) is that it helped and you were able to care for your son. I couldn’t bear not being able to snuggle or play with my son for several months and was beginning to think he might be an only child. This post and the comments of other readers has given me and my husband hope for another child. May God bless you and strengthen you. You have truly blessed me 🙂

    • Thank you for your words, Erica! When I wrote the post, I really had no idea how many people it would touch. Your words and knowing that God has used such a rough time in my family’s life to bless others has been the biggest blessing of all. We have had to seriously examine whether or not we could go through a third pregnancy or not, and still haven’t decided. Even with the pump, it was very hard. But I know this: both boys were worth EVERY single thing I went through. Every poke, IV, pound lost, and puke. Every single one. I would do it all over again to have them in my life. Blessings to you and your family! Keep me posted!

  28. Wow… I’m sorry to hear you are going through this. I have had hypermesis with all four of my previous pregnancies and am now experiencing it with my fifth. I was on the Zofran ODT with all 4 and am currently on it with this one but this time around it’s not really helping as much as it did with the others, if it even helps at all. Although this pump that you have sounds painful and an inconvenience it also seems like something I’d rather have if it meant relief. I am only almost 12 weeks and have lost almost ten pounds and have already been treated in the ER for dehydration. I hope and will be praying for you and your baby.

    • Thank you Shawnna! This post is really old, so by now the baby is here and healthy. Good luck to you in your pregnancy! Hope the hyperemesis doesn’t last long!

  29. Shetta Taylor says:

    I am 11 weeks prego, and also am living life with a Zofran pump. I have had mine for 2 weeks tomorrow, and it does help but I still am very sick. But I know it will all be worth it once my little bundle of joy gets here. This is my first pregnancy, and my husband and I tried for almost two years to get prego… So if I have to go through this to get him or her here so be it 🙂

  30. I had hyperemesis gravidarum with my first pregnancy and have been diagnosed with it again (I am currently 17 weeks pregnant). HG has, by far, been the hardest thing that I’ve ever had to go through. I told one of my friends that I actually prefer labor over HG, that is how much it affected me. I was so scared because I didn’t know what was going on, I kept asking God “Why me?”, and it seemed like at times, there was no relief in sight. I had a picc line inserted and was in and out of the hospital, dropping 20 lbs my first trimester. I couldn’t drink or eat anything — water, popsicles, gatorade — everything that I put in my body came up in a matter of seconds. I literally thought that I – and my unborn child – were going to die. Thankfully, at 13-14 weeks, the nausea stopped and I was weaned off the meds. I delivered a beautiful baby girl, 6 lbs 3 oz. I will be honest, in the back of my mind, I wondered if I would be able to love my baby. Would I resent the fact that she made me so sick and I had to go through “hell” to get her here? Would I be able to bond with her? If I couldn’t, would she pick up that something was wrong and be affected by that? I am sitting here getting tears in my eyes as I type this, I get very emotional when talking about HG and what I went through as a result of it. My daughter is now 3, very sociable and lovable, and extremely bright. I kiss and hug her as often as I can and tell her how much mommy loves her. My husband and I decided to have another baby, so I am 17 weeks pregnant now, experiencing HG. I dropped 20 lbs (again) my first trimester, but am slowly putting the weight back on. HG was hard this time around because I had a 3 year old to take care of, and could not. I relied on my mother and husband for EVERYTHING. My doctor is now weaning me off of my pump, as a matter of fact, today is my first day on the Zofran pills. It’s been a rough day, I threw up my lunch, but am doing okay. Please pray for me as we are experiencing this again, but we know that God has a purpose for the little one growing in my tummy. The only thing that gives me consolation is knowing that in a few months, I will be able to hold my little baby on my chest and shower him or her with hugs and kisses. Soon baby will home with us, growing together as a family.

  31. Jill Saperstein says:

    I am on the zofran pump also – and my sites get so red and itchy. You and I are having similar experiences I think. HG sucks!

  32. Amanda Hounihan says:

    Thank you thank you thank you. I’m currently carrying my 7th pregnancy (only one live birth) and we’re about to do the pump. Living with HG is no walk in the park but knowing there are options now, and seeing your day to day helps me to know what I’m in for 🙂 so thanks!!

  33. I was just told yesterday I will have to start with this pump. I am super nervous! You sounded so matter of fact. Thanks for calming some of my nerves.

  34. Thank you so much for sharing! Im 14 weeks pregnant and down 26 pounds. I am so miserable. I have a 5 yr old daughter that I just cannot attend to from the severity of the sickness, so I have to depend on my mom and husband and any friends for help with her. This pregnancy has been very hard and nobody around me has gone through anything like this so they dont understand, they just think oh she’s pregnant get over it. I was informed by my midwife that a home health nurse will be called in and to expect being placed on a pump without further information (assuming the nurse will tell me more once they get here). I really hope the pump helps because zofran pills do not! I am glad I found your blog because you have given me insight on something I know nothing about yet. Thank you for sharing!

    • You’re welcome, Amanda! Glad this helped you understand a little bit about what to expect with the Zofran pump. Praying for your pregnancy!

  35. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to share your experience. I opted not to use a pump during my last pregnancy and used Zofran sublingual and suffered instead. I never gained control of my situation. It was an absolutely awful and exhausting experience. I’m now pregnant again, but with twins this time. At 12 weeks, the HG is getting out of control again, my weight is dropping, and I’m looking for new ways to treat this. Your blog inspired me to consider the pump this time. I’ll have one setup tomorrow and I can’t wait to try it out. I hope it works as well for me as it did for you! Thank you again for sharing your experience and giving me insight as to what I can expect.

    • Kayce~ I can’t promise it will be fun (it isn’t), but I do hope it helps you find some relief so you can function for your family. Saying a prayer for you tonight!

  36. Hello,
    Thank you so much for writing this and sharing your experience. Even though it’s over two years later there still is not much info on the Zofran pump. This is my first pregnancy and into my second trimester. I have severe hyperemesis gavidarium and have been vomiting 30-40 times a day everyday since Halloween, so over a month and a half now. It is to the point that I vomit blood and tear my esophagus daily. I have been put on bed rest and every dose of Zofran and Reglan three times a day as well as sea bands and any other holistic nausea recommendation out there but I can not keep even sips of water down. It’s a lie ….the bigger you get does not mean the better you get 🙁 The dehydration, heartburn, constipation and nausea are unbearable and due to losing roughly a pound a day with IV and zofran infusions three times a week the next choice is a 24 hour pump and IV at home. This is my last resort before I have to be admitted. I am curious to know how severe your nausea and vomiting was before the pump (I only ask because I guess the severity of my HG is rare and I want to know if there is any hope out there) and how long you had to stay on your pump. I am also curious to know if you were basically stuck at home in bed or if you finally had strength and energy to the point you could actually move and get out of the house (at this point I can’t even stand in the shower.. It’s just baths got me) Again thank you for your story and for still responding to your readers HONESTLY about your experience. It means a lot to your fellow HG sufferers.

  37. I am actually in the hospital right now with this same problem. I am waiting for my pump but I’m looking at having to use it the rest of my pregnancy. I’m 12 weeks and 5 days right now so I have a ways to go still. I’m nervous about the pump but I’m looking forward to feeling somewhat better I have been throwing up 30+ times a day for 8 weeks I am miserable. I’m so glad I found your story cuz I have been rly scared but I don’t feel so lost now it sounds like it’s alot but manageable just glad to not puke all the time!

  38. Hi my name is annie i am not starting the Zofran but the Reglan pump in a few days to weeks I am currently 13 weeks and I lost 18 lbs in 4 weeks I am a full time mom and a manager at a dealership. I had been so weak and sleepy at work from not being able to eat with out an instant vomiting session 10 minutes later. this has been a great help. My husband does nothing but complain to me about how unhappy I look while sick thank you for the instructions

  39. Hi. I just found out I’ll be getting a reglan pump this week. I had hg with my 1st pregnancy, but didnt have a pump. I have tried Zofran but I also suffer from chronic migraine so it made those worse and made me more miserable, if that is even possible with hg! I have been on Phenergan, but still cannot function as it throws me into snow white sleep status. Diclegis works….only if I take it and don’t move about. Difficult to do when you have a 50 hr work week and a 3 yr old and household to run! For some reason, even other women look at you like you are some sort of baby yourself, like hey lady, this is what we were built to do and we are expected to just deal with it. Don’t get me started on the hassle of getting approved for a disability leave from work, as if I wanted to throw up 8 times prior to 9am and hop in my car with puke in my hair and perform my job 110%. I am afraid. I have 1 baby, she’s gorgeous and perfect and my favorite person to be with. Why did I need another? I am afraid of what I have read about reglan but I’ve become some sort of nausea medication guinea pig so I would say I’m running out of options. I needed to read this. I needed to know that another woman wouldn’t look at my 30 something self and think that, well, that I’m less of a woman and I brought this on myself. Thank you for your words. I feel lost and isolated and it was nice to feel a connection with someone.

  40. How nice to see everything laid out like this! I had hg with all three of my pregnancies, but was finally offered the pump the third time around and it helped so much. It really helped curb the ups and downs you get with the oral mess. I was with alere too, the nurses were the best. Getting that phone call every day to check in was so helpful and it was comforting knowing that I wasn’t left alone to spin out of control like with my previous two pregnancies. I now have a happy healthy 8 week old.

  41. Amanda Youngblood says:

    This was extremely helpful. I am 7wks and have already done iv fluids once. This is my third pregnancy. I had HG with my first baby in 99 but they didn’t have a name for it other than bad morning sickness. I had an easy pregnancy with my second in 06 but this one is putting mommy through the ringer. I have been on oral zofran since finding out I was pregnant and since that is not working my Dr mentioned the zofran pump the other day. Thank you so much for the insight.

  42. Stephanie says:

    Hello. My name is Stephanie. I’m 23 and found out I was pregnant at almost 6 weeks. I am now 8 weeks 3 days and have been hospitalized 4 times already. I was taking sublingual Zofran and phenergan round clock, but nothing was helping. I’m literally puking my insides up, so much to the point where I began to throw up blood from the HG. I also have a cyst on my right ovary and a chorionic hemorrhage. The excessive emesis concerns the doctors that the hemorrhage will continue to grow and cause my placenta to break away, causing a miscarriage. It’s such a scary thought. I’ve lost 15 pounds in not even two weeks. I now weigh 119 pounds and the weight still seems to be going down. I am currently laying in the women’s center again, and they told me that I will need to be put on a pump. I did not know what it entailed until I read your story. Thank you so much. Best wishes and prayers for all of us who suffer from a rare ordeal during pregnancy. Any extra advice is sure appreciated.

    • Stephanie, I’m glad you found it helpful. The only other thing I can tell you is stool softeners can be your friend since you aren’t getting enough fluids. I hope you have relief from the pump.

  43. I’m almost 11 weeks with my second pregnancy. My first pregnancy, I had spontaneous triplets. I lost 15 pounds in five weeks and I doctor EVER mentioned this condition or even tested me for it. Now I’m on my second pregnancy with the same problem. I’ve been sick for 6 weeks straight while trying my best to care for my 3-year-old triplets full-time. I’m hoping they will find something to help me like this!

    • Hoping you get some relief soon, Bailey! I would mention hyperemesis gravidarum to your doctor and see if they can get you on the pump if you are losing too much weight.

  44. Thanks so much for sharing. I am living in Uganda right now so this would not be possible…however I am thinking of moving back to the USA…do you know if state insurance would cover the zofran pump? How much has it been able to help you? I can’t stand the constant nause…throwing up… and headaches….desperate for help.

    • I don’t know about individual insurance coverage. Mine covered it, but that’s just me. The zofran pump helped me tremendously once we got the right dosage figured out. Hope you get some relief soon!

  45. Stefani Beer says:

    Currently suffering from HG. Getting a pump this week and I was terrified out of my mind when the nurse described it to me. I pass out with needles. After reading this though I feel so much better about it. I’m definitely looking forward to some relief!!

    • Oh, Stefani! So sorry to hear you’re going through it. It’s definitely not fun. I had to have my husband poke me with the needles because I kept chickening out. Hope you get some relief, too! Good luck! It’s definitely worth it in the end.

  46. So would you say it worked? I am going through this right now just got released from the hospital after a week I’m so beyond miserable and they’ve put in an order for the pump although the zofran pill phenergan and diclegis wasn’t working for me

  47. Thank you for this. Dr just recommended a pump at today’s visit. 2nd pregnancy with HG, just went thru 2nd hospital visit and down 12 lbs in 2 weeks. Not even at 8 wks yet. She said pump with some home IV treatment is our next step so we can stop going to the ER. I had no idea what to expect so I thank you for all the pictures.


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