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Journey into the world of hyperemesis gravidarum...
05Nov 15

You’re having a laugh!

Woman: “Doctor, Doctor, I’m being sick 30 times a day, I haven’t drank for 3 days and passed out from it this morning”

Doctor: “Don’t worry that’s totally normal”

Woman: “Doctor, Doctor, I can’t stop being sick, please can I have some safe and effective anti-sickness medication?”

Doctor: “hmmm… Have you tried ginger?”


Woman: “Doctor, doctor, I’m so sick I’m going to lose my job and can’t pay my rent or look after my toddler, could I have a sick note so that my employer understands?”

Doctor: “Pull yourself together - You just need to battle through like everyone else does”


Woman: “Doctor, doctor, I’m still sick all day everyday and it’s been 16 weeks now”

Doctor: “No I’m sorry but you can’t be – it must be in your head”


Woman: “Doctor, doctor, I’ve got a serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. I’ve lost 2.5 stone and am throwing up blood, I’m scared but I desperately want this baby.

Doctor: “Hmmm… Why do you think you’re being sick?”

Woman: “because I have hyperemesis gravidarum!”

Doctor: “Yes but why are you being sick… do you really want this baby?”


Woman: “Doctor, doctor, I’m so depressed because I’ve been bed bound with hyperemesis for 5 months now, throwing up every day and nausea constantly… I’m lonely and miss my busy life going to work and seeing people, eating is torturous as food all tastes awful and comes back up anyway, I can’t wash my hair without vomiting and I haven’t left the house in weeks”

Doctor: “Well, you just need to snap out of it and stop being sick!”


... Except none of these are jokes....

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'Heavily' pregnant, underweight me: Dr dr, I'm having panic attacks because I've barely been able to leave the house in months, and when I do I'm suddenly sick down myself with no time to get somewhere 'safe' ๐Ÿ˜” Experienced female GP with a trainee observing: oh well, it happens, you probably won't get it in your next pregnancy ๐Ÿ˜Š bye!
Emma, 5th November 2015

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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.

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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.

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