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26Mar 14

Make your kids proud

It's my first son's birthday today. It's six years since my first encounter with hyperemesis finally ended after the longest nine months of my life. It's been the best six years of my life, despite two more rounds of hyperemesis and various other significant trials, none of which felt as challenging as hyperemesis.

I know those of you reading this suffering now wonder how I did it more than once. Those contemplating another, or perhaps newly pregnant with second, will be worrying about the impact on your first and perhaps second child. I did. We contemplated adoption after Alfie was born but decided in the end that we had survived it once and could do so again, better armed and educated. The second was the worst, the third was the best (although I'll talk more about why another time).

I missed out on my first son, Alfie, twice. There were times when he was really little that I could only see him for a few minutes a day and Rob would take him out of the bedroom once I was retching again. Later in the pregnancy he would rub my back and pretend to vomit with me. It was pretty cute really and would make me laugh through the nausea. He and Rob would make cards for me and bring me gifts back from their days out. They were such a little team and Rob now cherishes his memories of those days as a “single dad”. He grew as a person and gained confidence as a father. He potty trained Alfie and got him sleeping in a big-boy bed and he learned to cook and clean (sort of). Alfie learned to be flexible and easygoing. He didn't miss me much when he wasn't with me, the tricky times where when he was with me for a while and then had to go... he didn't like that. But Rob handled it and Alfie survived.

He was so excited about having a brother or sister. I think he wanted to call a brother Potty and a sister Wee Wee (we were potty training at the time!). He gets on well with them now but I think he could take or leave them to be honest (last night Orla climbed out of her travel cot and landed on Alfie's head who was just drifting off to sleep, keen for the morning to arrive... we are living in an Airstream trailer in the Appalachian Mountains of North America at the moment). Have more children because you want them, not because you want to provide siblings.

Alfie is now six years old and he's such a great little kid... He's smart and kind and amazingly capable. Sure he's grumpy and has melt downs and can be seriously annoying and repetitive but he has not been negatively affected by my hyperemesis which spanned 18 months of his six years. He doesn't even remember it now. And I know he will be so proud of me when he is old enough to understand what I do for other sufferers of hyperemesis gravidarum.

We are at the brink right now. The awareness of hyperemesis gravidarum is increasing rapidly. Amazing Green Top guidelines for the UK are being produced soon and our book will be out within a year. More and more hospitals are embracing better practice and care for hyperemesis patients and the media are taking note (I spoke with a producer this week looking to document a sufferers experience for a major channel). Healthcare journals are publishing best practice articles and poor practice is being challenged. We, the mothers of now, can change the situation further for our daughters and nieces and grandaughters... stand up, take action for your children, your HG Survivors, make them proud, set the example, let them know that they can improve the world and add compassion and empathy and care to people who are suffering, not just from hyperemesis but all sorts of misunderstood or under-appreciated conditions.

We talk so much of being proud of our children. Well lets make our children proud of us! Lets make sure that when we tell them about the hyperemesis we suffered during pregnancy we can add “and this is what I did about it... I went on to support other women, I raised money for the charity that supported me, I raised awareness about hyperemesis, I changed practice in my area, I fought for the rights of sufferers, I spoke out about it and advocated for other sufferers”.

Becoming a parent is the best thing I've ever done. It's given me a passion for life and love which I never imagined could exist. My enjoyment and passion for hard work has changed beyond recognition, as has my understanding of it. My appreciation for the important things in life is far more acute now, such as my health, and that of my family. My appreciation for sleep, as with any parent is deep! But I appreciate detail like waking up in the night and not feeling sick. I appreciate my ability to brush my teeth without retching or vomiting every night now. I appreciate being able to kiss and cuddle my children without finding the smell of them stomach turning. I appreciate everyday I have with them, although some of those days it's not until long after they are in bed and I have a glass of wine in my hand that I appreciate it. But most of all I appreciate my voice – when I was sick I couldn't defend myself at all, it was like I was mute, I couldn't speak out without being sick. I felt so weak, helpless and pathetic. Now I can shout at the top of my voice, not just for myself but for the women suffering now. And that's what I've done and I'm doing and I'm going to carry on doing... and one day Alfie and Patrick and Orla will be old enough to understand the work I do and they will be proud.

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And very proud they should be too! Too many people say "can't you just get over your pregnancy...move on." But what does that achieve for the other sufferers out there? It just means they have to suffer the same way as you did. Your last two posts have managed to make me cry and make me more determined to educate others and change the care of HG sufferers - thank you
Emma Edwards, 26th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

You're doing a great job already Emma! People have often said the same to me, in fact I suspect my entire extended family think just that... but then they haven't suffered! If they had they would understand why we are trying to improve things. Keep up the good work hun. x

Hear hear! As Emma says, too often we are told to "get over ourselves" when what we are actually doing is crucial for the well being of others. When you work so passionately on something so poorly understood you can be seen as melodramatic at best and selfish at worst, but nothing could be further from the truth and it is why we fight so hard to challenge this and make positive change, for ourselves, for other women, and for our children! I dream of the day when we are no longer needed to speak out about these things, when women receive the care they deserve without a fight. But until that day, we'll keep fighting and hopefully teach our children (the ones we fought do hard for!) to stand up for themselves and others, to have compassion and create change rather than allowing others to make us accept our lot in life as if change is impossible. I have no doubt whatsoever your children will be so proud of all you've achieved... You are an inspiration to all of us and how lucky we all are to have such a strong voice speaking for all those who cannot speak out for themselves right now! How could your children not be proud of that?
Amanda, 26th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Thank you Amanda, unfortunately at the age they are at the moment they totally don't get it and get frustrated with the amount I work, LOL! I keep thinking "when they are older they'll understand and they'll be proud of me" :) 

This blog post has inspired me to think of more ways that I can make my daughter proud and to learn from the experience I went through. Now I need to think of some way that I can make a difference. You are an inspiration and I love your blog, it really helps and is so important.
Katie Manley, 26th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Thank you so much for the praise Katie, I'm really glad you enjoy my blog :)

If you aren't already then please register as a volunteer for Pregnancy Sickness Support and get involved in fundraising... we desperately need funds for the charity work we do and don't get any formal funding yet. By volunteering you can also get involved in supporting women and helping them advocate for themselves. x

This blog post has inspired me to think of more ways that I can make my daughter proud and to learn from the experience I went through. Now I need to think of some way that I can make a difference. You are an inspiration and I love your blog, it really helps and is so important.
Katie Manley, 26th March 2014

It's also my son's birthday, he turns two today and like your son he had to go through watching his mother being very ill. Though luckily it was only 7 months for him (his sister was born 10 weeks early - do wonder if the HG had anything to do with that too). Still I know he found it upsetting to see me vomiting and crying, he was too young to understand why his mummy couldn't cuddle or play with him, and had to go without seeing me entirely whenever I got admitted into hospital. Even waking up sometimes not knowing where his mummy was as I'd been rushed into hospital while he slept. Like your son he learnt to comfort me, often lying beside me stroking my hair or handing me his favourite cuddly toy. Which a 1 year old shouldn't have to do. I'm currently putting together books for both children about their first years, and I've been torn about how much to mention the HG as I feel the books should be cheerful and positive, but the HG was such a massive deal I cannot skim over it. Your comment about making them proud has struck a chord with me, and I wanted to ask if I could help you raise awareness in any way?
MurderOfGoths, 26th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Thanks for your comment. I think if it were me I would definitely talk about the HG and how it impacted his life but I would do it in a positive light, ie. Because mummy was so sick you learned to be strong and independent and you and daddy had such a great time together. You learned to be kind and caring around people who are sick and you would lend me your teddy to make me feel better. That sort of stuff. And for your daughters book you can talk about how you fought for her as her warrior and how she is strong for surviving HG too.

It's great that you would like to raise awareness about HG too. Your daughter has a higher chance of suffering having been born to a sufferer (about 35%, so still a good 65% that she'll have normal pregnancies). 30 years from now we can tell our daughters “well in our day treatment was awful... but it's so much better now because of the work we did 30 years ago... we fought for our rights and educated the masses. Doctors know about hyperemesis now thanks to our generation, thanks to our work!”.

If you want to get involved then please register with Pregnancy Sickness Support as a volunteer. You can apply here: http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-supporter/

You don't have to support women 1-2-1 if you don't feel able, there are lots of other ways to help the charity using your skills. I'm a trustee for the charity and see applications as they come in but my colleague Amanda will be the person who gets back to you. We'll also hold a conference in the Autumn you'll be able to come along to and in the meantime fundraising for PSS is crucial. We don't receive any formal funding at all yet and rely entirely on donations and volunteer fundraising. The charity is launching a fundraising/awareness event soon you will be able to join in with so please look out for details of that in the next week also.

Caitlin x

Ditto to what Emma and Amanda said. A brilliant and inspirational post from a truly inspirational person! I had a little weep a few days ago when I realised that Charlotte is now the same age that James was when I started being ill with HG. It's such a lovely age and it made me think of all the time I missed spending with him and vice versa. But we have all gained so much in the long run. I even wrote a blog post about it (not as good as yours!) which I ought to publish.
Susie, 26th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Thanks Susie... get on and publish your post! But try to focus now on what James gained from your illness rather than what you missed out on... I'm sure that he will have gained skills in compassion, care, independence and personal strength and will have gained a closer relationship with other people while you were ill! You are inspirational too and already do so much for PSS and HG awareness generally... But you know what you can do to make an even bigger difference and help me on my mission! ;) ;)

24Mar 14

Entertaining children whilst spewing

A common question I get asked is how on earth do hyperemesis sufferers look after and pass the time with their toddler when pregnant again. It's a commonly cited reason for not having another hyperemesis pregnancy. I believe strongly that the key to surviving subsequent hyperemesis pregnancies is in the planning and preparation and the planning for your children is just as important as planning your medication and treatment. So let me introduce my friend and colleague, hyperemesis survivor Emma Edwards who has developed an incredible resource for women suffering with toddlers at home...

How exciting – my first ever guest post!

For those that don’t know me I am Emma, author of the Adventures of Adam blog. I am Mummy to 22 month old Adam and we recently took part in a 100 day play challenge.

In 2011/2012 when I was pregnant with Adam I suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum. Unfortunately my story is typical of many sufferers – hospitalisations, medication, isolation... I also added breathing difficulties and pre-eclampsia to the mix. It wasn’t a great 9 months to say the least! Throughout my pregnancy as I lay there being ill I would think about the adventures Adam and I would have together. I made a promise to myself that once the hyperemesis was over I would value each day. Hence we took part in the play challenge and started our blog.

It was during the play challenge that it really hit home to me - how am I going to look after Adam during my next pregnancy? The idea of being separated from him for nine months petrifies me. In my last pregnancy I couldn’t look after myself for 9 months let alone an active young child. Although I can live in hope, there is an 86% chance that I will suffer from HG again.

I am the administrator for the Pregnancy Sickness Support Forum and I regularly see the concerns of members who are planning another pregnancy or are currently suffering from HG. How do you entertain your other children whilst you are so ill? How do you entertain your other children whilst you are so ill for up to nine months? The guilt they feel is immense.

I asked my HG friend, who is towards the end of her second HG pregnancy, what it is like to go through HG with a toddler. This was her response:

In a way, the few weeks leading up to getting pregnant were the very worst and most upsetting... dreading the separation, dreading missing having kisses and cuddles and stories and playtime, etc... then at least once I got a positive pregnancy test and became sick soon after, I could be on countdown to being well again and being able to be a proper Mummy to my little boy again.

In the first few months full-time childcare was essential. There was just no WAY I could have taken care of him, at all. Sometimes I couldn't speak to him without vomiting. We had to juggle between two nurseries, close friends and hired a cleaner and an ironing company.

Since the sickness improved (at the midway-point-ish) I have better and worse days. On no days do I ever feel normal, or am able to function at a normal level, but on my better days I am able to interact a bit with my boy and do some (limited) activities/play with him (almost always in the house as travelling, etc. is very difficult).

The nausea is always there but vomiting is under control so long as I don't do too much. On my worse days I need to lie still mostly and have had to rely heavily on CBeebies!”

So I decided to find some sort of solution – a way that could help HG sufferers entertain their children. During my play challenge I started to look for activities which didn’t need any preparation and that a child could play with independently. Minimum preparation for maximum distraction. At Adventures of Adam there is a dedicated section for play activities that are suitable for HG sufferers.

When putting together the activities suitable for HG sufferers there had to be some criteria for the activities to be deemed HG friendly. There is no point doing an activity which involves food or has an odour as these are bound to trigger vomiting. Even the smell of playdough can cause a sufferer to reach for the sick bowl. The activity also had to be mess free - an HG suffer will hardly be in any state to clear away a messy activity.

Please note though that the things which can trigger HG will vary from person to person. These activities are also not meant for HG sufferer at the very early stages of pregnancy. At that stage an HG sufferer will be focused solely on getting through each day and childcare will be a must for their other children.

Adam and I will continue doing a daily play activity and each week we will add at least one play activity which is suitable for a HG sufferer and her child. These activities could also be used for women post pregnancy during feeding time to entertain their older child.

One day I hope to be brave enough to go through hyperemesiss again. For the time being I will savour every moment I have with Adam.

Why not drop by Adventures of Adam and check out our Activities Suitable for HG Sufferers section. You can also follow the fun of Adventures of Adam via Facebook and Pintrest.

I would like to thank Caitlin to share here today. It has been a privilege x

 

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Fantastic post Emma, it's very reassuring to read that there are ways to spend time with your little ones if you have HG x
Mummy Whiskers, 24th March 2014

Emma lovely post, and nice to see something for the kids. I couldn't stand the smell of anyones breath even my daughters whilst pregnant with our son, that really upset me, as it would make me throw up. Poor child must have thought I hated her. I like to know if there is any help for slightly older children as my daughter was 6/7 whilst I was pregnant and sick. She is now experiencing a great deal of anxiety since our son was born, so would like to know what help is out there for those children, and how can we help them cope emotionally and not feel neglected.
Emma F, 24th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Hi Emma,

Sorry to hear your daughter suffered so much while you were sick. It's a really tricky aspect to subsequent pregnancies and unfortunately I'm not aware of any specific papers regarding how to help children through a parents illness but I will look into it for you and perhaps see if I can get a child psychologist to do a post with some tips.

There is a very good childrens book by Ashli McCall called "Muma has Hyperemesis Gravidarum, but only for a while" which helps explain things to children of about 5 or 6 years old. You can get it on Amazon.

Caitlin x

This is a great blog. My daughter is 21 months & after been ill with an infection the last 2 days, I have been unable to care properly for her. Guilt city! I have convinced myself now I just can't do HG again & I can't damage the amazing bond we have. if I can ever do it again it will have to be when my mum retires. Poor mum having to look forward to my hell!!! The PSS charity has such good resources now, well done :-) xx if the time is ever right, I will spend time going through it as preparation!! Hugs to anyone suffering now xxx every painful day is worth the prize xxx
Natalie , 9th April 2014

I too suffered from HG with my snoecd pregnancy. It was so horrible, but it seemed like no one around me knew just how bad it was, even my doctor. He just kept telling me that the end would come and that I just needed to make sure to eat and sleep as much as possible. But who wants to eat anything when you know that within minutes you will be so ill that you can do almost nothing. I spent many nights sleeping on my bathroom floor because I felt too weak to go back and forth from my bed to the toilet to throw up. The doctor finally saw a portion of what I was going through as I threw up (almost) non stop for 2 hours in the delivery room! But my nightmare with HG didn't end with delivery because I was still ill for a couple weeks afterward but to add to it my maternity insurance wouldn't cover any of my extra costs because HG isn't considered a complication of pregnancy! (I had to get an ultrasound every week after 25 weeks to make sure of growth, and I also had to be hospitalized twice because of dehydration, but I had to pay out of pocket for all of it).
Kool, 28th December 2014

Awesome letter!! It's so upsteting that this is not well acknowledged by others, mostly out of ignorance. I got about 30 days off in month 5 and was almost in TEARS because I was so happy for the relief! Well, it returned with fury in month 6, and I wound up losing my job for missing days and spending too much time in the bathroom when I did get the strength to go in! I didn't know what to tell my boss, as my doctor told me vomiting your brains out was just morning sickness I felt so ashamed. Could I just not handle regular morning sickness that women had been dealing with since the dawn of time? Was I fit for this, or is there something wrong with me? Not until a friend told me that vomiting 10-15 times a day was NOT normal, did I find out what was going on. Hang in there!
Isabel, 10th January 2015

20Mar 14

Blowing my own trumpet; A plea for your support

I mentioned in my last post I'm not eligible for the MAD Award category of Best Pregnancy Blog because I haven't been pregnant in the last twelve months.

Thank goodness as if I had I wouldn't have been able to raise so much awareness about hyperemesis gravidarum. I wouldn't have been able to wizz up to Manchester from Cornwall to appear on BBC Breakfast News to talk about the condition, I wouldn't have been able to write articles for numerous magazines, health care journals and blogs. I wouldn't have been able to give radio interviews or talked at the Healthcare Professional Conference I helped organise or host the volunteer conference last summer. I wouldn't have been able to grow the support network for sufferers and increased the social media presence of hyperemesis gravidarum on numerous feeds and blogs. I wouldn't have been able to raise thousands of pounds for the charity supporting the condition or been able to attend the Royal College of Midwives conference to raise awareness. I wouldn't have been able to support all the women I have personally supported through their pregnancies or written care plans for them. I would not have been able to travel to America to discuss international collaboration and providing worldwide support with other organisations. 

But most of all I would not have been able to maintain or write this blog. I did start it during my pregnancy but as followers from the start will remember, posts were few and far between as I was too sick to type. I have only been able to blog because I am not pregnant!

I am now writing a book about the condition which will be published later this year. I hope this book will really make a profound difference to women in the UK suffering with hyperemesis and in fact any degree of bad pregnancy sickness.

Nominations for “Outstanding Contribution” are still open until tomorrow night (21st March) and if you feel that my blog fits this category then I'd really appreciate your nomination, even if you nominated me for the pregnancy category they have said you can redo for this one. It's not for me personally... none of it is (believe me I have plenty more I could be doing with my time, like playing with my three kids), it's all for the sufferers... 

Nominating just takes a moment and you can do it by clicking here. Thank you.

 

Caitlin Dean at Radio 5 Live in Manchester raising awareness of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Me at the 5 live and BBC Breakfast Studio in Manchester this time last year... NOT PREGNANT!

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What amazing work your doing raising awareness of a much ignored and misunderstood illness! As a sufferer twice I salute you thank you and well done.
Danielle, 20th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Ah thanks... it's kind of like some crazy mission I'm on. Please share as much as possible to raise more awareness. 

What amazing work your doing raising awareness of a much ignored and misunderstood illness! As a sufferer twice I salute you thank you and well done.
Danielle, 20th March 2014

Thank you so much for educating the world about this debilitating and often times devastating disease!
Nora Farra, 21st March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

You're very welcome! My family used to take the mickey out of the fact I have a "loud voice"... I'm quite grateful for it nowadays! :)

Congratulations on making it to the final. Its great to find new blogs too. I had the sickness with the girls and was on injections which worked sometimes. It made me consider not getting pregnant again too.
Emma, 27th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Thanks for the comment. I'm so honoured to have got through to the finals, I can't quite believe it! Sorry to hear you suffered too, sadly an awful lot of women have their families limited by hyperemesis :( x

Congratulations on being a MADS finalist and for highlighting this condition. See you for a large group hug on the night. Hayley
Downs Side Up, 1st April 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Hi Hayley, congrats to you too! I'm just heading over to your blog to comment... 

13Mar 14

A letter to my pregnant self

Thank you so much to all those who nominated me for the MAD Blog awards. Sadly it seems that because I have not been pregnant in the last year I am not eligible for the category of Best Pregnancy Blog despite being a blog entirely about pregnancy from personal experience. Shame, as it rather discriminates against women with HG who are unable to post to the same degree as other pregnant bloggers during pregnancy – picking my battles and moving on though... It has however given me a moment to reflect on my own experience and how much hindsight I have been able to gain since my third and final child was born, nearly two years ago. It has prompted this letter to myself of the past, to myself while I was suffering and stuck in the miserable cycle of vomiting, retching and constant nausea, to me at a time when I could not see a future with lovely children and new friends... This is to me and to all those who are suffering now, written with the benefit of hindsight.

 

To my pregnant self,

 

The three children you have produced are your greatest achievement. They make you proud every day. They also make you cross and happy, frustrated and challenged, worried and confused and they make you laugh, a lot. They are intelligent, funny, beautiful, kind, helpful(ish), sociable, loud and sometime a bit weird (and yes, they like talking about poo and wee a lot!)

 

I know the vomiting is intense and painful and humiliating and scary, but if you could see them now you would know how worth every moment of pain has been. You are worried you won't bond with the baby but you don't need to worry, the nausea lifts the moment they are out and you will feel great. You love being a parent and the new born phase is easy and fun compared to now.

 

And it's not just the children that have come from the suffering you are going through. You have new friends and colleagues, not just around the UK but in Washington, New York, New Zealand and all around the world. Although the truth is you will also loose some friends as you realise they will not come through for you when you need them. It may seem impossible now but you will learn to let go of the resentment you are feeling and move on from them... to better friends. Hyperemesis is changing you, giving you perspective and insight. Some people, no matter how close you thought you were will never be able to understand what you are going through.

 

Your marriage is stronger because you survived hyperemesis three times together as a team. And because you go on to have more pregnancies Rob is a confident father with a close relationship with the boys... he looks after them on his own when you are sick again with their sibling. He is proud of you.

 

You are a much stronger, more confident and happier person then you were before and that is largely down to the suffering you are going through now. You appreciate feeling well every single day and when you are ill it never seems as bad as you know it will only last a short time. The illness you are suffering made you realise that as long as you have your health you can do anything you set you mind to... including making the world a better place for other hyperemesis sufferers.

 

During pregnancy you are suffering immeasurably and it is impossible to imagine that anything good can come from it other than the baby, but it does... it really does.

 

Don't feel guilty about the dark thoughts on black days... they are natural and understandable. Take one day at a time, occupy yourself online, play solitaire and lie still... the end will come and the black cloud will lift... wellness will overwhelm you and you will feel better than you ever have before.

 

And you will have your children, Alfie, Patrick and Órla. And you will travel the world with them, and your hero, and you will be strong and happy... thanks to hyperemesis gravidarum.

 

With love and care

 

Spewing Mummy

 

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I really needed to read this! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)
Sonia Luzia, 13th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Glad you enjoyed it and it helped :) x

This is a beautiful letter. It inspires me to try again. To not be afraid of another hg pregnancy. Thank you for sharing.
ellie, 14th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Be sure to prepare yourself for it Ellie, preparation is absolutely key! I'll try to get some posts up soon about preparation and so on although if you look back to the very start of me blog you'll find the posts where I start preparing for my third pregnancy. That's how this blog started. Get in touch with PSS too and join their forum! x

In tears. This is so beautiful, and resonates so much right now. Thank you.
, 19th March 2014

Thank you! I found out I was pregnant with my third child a week ago, I thought I was sick in the first till I developed HG in the second and I tested this time round because I threw up two mornings in a row. I am terrified just now despite my doctor being amazing and medicating me immediatly but reading this letter and other bits on your blog site remind me that I am not the only person feeling like this right now and gives me hope for the next 35 weeks!
Wendy, 22nd March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Hi Wendy, please get in touch with Pregnancy Sickness Support and request a volunteer to support you through the next few months... it really does make a huge difference! I have also produced a calendar to tick the days off which you might find useful! I know I found it helped the time pass quicker and I hope it will make women feel a little less alone. Good luck and remember we are here for you. x

Ive just got discharged from hospital the other day and was diagnosed with hg. But since i left the hospital i feel like the sickness tablets arnt working. I cant cope x
sam, 26th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Hi Sam,

I'm so sorry to hear you're suffering so badly. Please do get in touch with Pregnancy Sickness Support for information about treatments and for one to one support to help get you through this. http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/help/supporters-network/ 

The charity has loads of volunteers to help you and know what you are going through.

There are a number of treatment options so if what you are on now isn't working then there will be other options to try.

Caitlin x

Iv been searching, searching for someone like you to make me feel sane, to help ease my pain, to give me hope. I'm 6 weeks after the loss of my first HG pregnancy. I exist but the loss and fear of trying again overwhelm me. The fear of trying for another baby is crippling me. Im so scared. But I just read your letter to your pregnant self. Thank you so so much. You have given me some hope. Some courage. Some support. I'm terrified to try again but encouraged by you and all other survivors of HG pregnancies. I hope that I can survive it and be well enough to help anyone i come across who gets HG. I hope to write in the future that I'm a survivor. I hope, I hope, I hope. Xxx Anahareo. (Ireland).
Anahareo, 11th May 2015

Spewing Mummy replies...

Hi Anahareo, I'm sorry to hear you lost your baby :( Please know that we are here for you when you feel ready to try again. Pregnancy Sickness Support operates in Ireland also so get in touch with us via the website. X

03Mar 14

MAD Blog Award Nomination!

Oh my giddy aunt... I've been nominated for the MAD Blog Awards in the “Best Pregnancy Blog” category. I'm blown away and must admit I'm a little naïve about the whole blogging world awards, but I've looked on into this and am so excited about the publicity and awareness that could be raised for hyperemesis gravidarum through this award! But I need a little help from all my loyal readers...

To get through to the finals I need to be nominated as many times as possible... the more nominations the greater the chance of getting through and the more people will hear about my blog and read about hyperemesis.

So if you have suffered yourself, if you've watch a loved one, or perhaps a patient, suffer or if you happen to be a friend of mine (or if you've randomly stumbled on this post and have a spare few minutes) then please get nominating by clicking on the link below and filling in the form by 14th March 2014...

MAD Blog Awards

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Heather Miranda was very supportive to my daughter as she was ill from 5 weeks until delivery. She said she felt normal instantly after baby was born.
Rebecca Whyte, 5th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Heather Miranda is a true super star! She has supported so many women it's amazing. Did you see my HG Hero post about her? http://www.spewingmummy.co.uk/blog/post/great-minds-think-alike

Heather miranda was a fantastic support to me during a very difficult pregnancy and I am grateful.
Emma Milne, 5th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

She is a true HG Hero! did you see my post about her? http://www.spewingmummy.co.uk/blog/post/great-minds-think-alike

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Hoe to be an HG Hero by Caitlin Dean

About Me

I am mother of three beautiful children and wife to a fantastic and supportive husband. I am a nurse, a farmer and a trustee for Pregnancy Sickness Support. I love working hard and spending time with my kids.

About this blog

Information and support for pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum. Views are my own and do not represent those of any other organisation. Information provided here should not be a substitute for medical advice. My aim is to raise awareness and encourage sufferers to know they are not alone.

Previous award nominations

MAD Blog Awards UK 2015

 

VOTE FOR ME BiB 2014 COMMENTARY