14 Weeks pregnant, two weeks out of hospital,
two stone lighter than pre-pregnancy weight but still fighting and smiling
A lot of women will find the first part of this title uncommon to them and the second half bewildering. That is how unknown Hyperemesis Gravidarum is, but in actual fact thousands of women across the world are suffering from what can be a life threatening condition. Pregnancy is meant to be a time to bond with your child and feel a love like never before, however for HG sufferers it creates a time of depression, isolation and dread. This condition is not only unspoke of but also ignored.
So what is HG I hear you ask. Hyperemesis Gravidarum more commonly known as HG is a condition in which sickness becomes uncontrollable. Many women suffer from the term "morning sickness" this can be as minor as once in the morning to several times a day, but generally they can intake some form of food or liquid products.
For HG sufferers the sickness can increase to 30-40 times a day. Food consumption becomes impossible and fluids are a no go area. Hyperemesis is also different in every women and can be plotted on a spectrum of severity. Not only does sickness increase, senses are heightened making food even more unbearable. In the UK there are small treatments available such as injections, tablets and liquid diets but there is nothing in place yet to help these women live through a pregnancy normally. What people do not understand is that this condition is debilitating and dangerous to pregnant ladies and quite a lot of the time ends in termination. If those lucky few do make it to the end of there pregnancy, it doesn't stop in labour ward. Due to severe lack of starvation and dehydration it can leave permanent defects to both mother and baby.
Both myself, my Mum and my Grandma have suffered in a severe manner with this condition and in this time period the methods that the NHS use have not changed. It can be a depressing and lonely time for sufferers and unless you have been through this I don't think you can imagine the disturbing thoughts this condition can bring upon you.
I wanted to write this post to bring just some awareness to you all. If you hear of someone suffering in this way don't throw the comment of "Your pregnant not ill" If you think you may have or have had HG then please feel free to get in touch. If I can reach out to just one person with this post then I will of succeeded. Please do not feel alone this is a hard time for not just the sufferer but everyone surrounding them.
I don't know if I will write so publicly about this again as it's taken me a long time to accept my emotions but I hope I can find the courage to do so. It may help some of you to hear someone else's story as I know I struggled to find any written work on this condition, which I feel may have been of some comfort in my time of sadness.
Miss Savvy Mum