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Journey into the world of hyperemesis gravidarum...
22Sep 14

Getting to the MADS

It's been quite a whirlwind the last couple of weeks with the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is suffering hyperemesis again and the associated media frenzy that came with it. I don't know if we're really
MAD Blog award finalist making head way or not to be honest. The news that she was unable to go to Malta was reported without even the “acute” or “extreme” bit in front of the “morning sickness” she was reported to have. Sometimes it really feels like I'm banging my head against a brick wall.

But on Friday I travelled to London again (it's becoming a weekly commute these days, which from Cornwall is quite a chore). This time though it was to attend the MAD Blog Awards Ceremony as a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution category. And to be there, among some seriously big players in the blogging world, made that brick wall feel a little more like foam. To be nominated and short listed, from over 6,500 blogs for such a prestigious award, made me realise that people are listening. That my words aren't falling on deaf ears, that I am making a difference by harping on and on about bloody HG and all it's revolting, depressing faculties.

Caitlin Dean and Helen Hendy at the MAD Blog Awards 2014I didn't think anyone there would have even heard of me and my little blog, yet some amazing bloggers had actually read my blog and even want to collaborate to increase the volume of our collective voices.

Equally, there were bloggers there who had never heard of me or the condition “oh like bad morning sickness”... and so presented opportunities for awareness raising and education. Never one to pass up such opportunities I even managed to squeeze in a lecture to TV Dr Ranj about the need to distinguish between morning sickness and HG in the media and he had already seen my ITV appearance which pleased me greatly. Dr Ranj was hosting the awards, with great humour, ad libbing about his grizzly genitals and dropping V-bombs (the word vagina in a room dominated by vagina's)... As someone who talks pretty frankly about such matters most of the rudeness went straight over my head... he was reprimanded at one point for swearing and I had to ask my friend what swear word he used as I hadn't noticed: “He said s**t” she informed me, to which I replied “Oh, well s**t's not really a swear word, not like f**k or c**t”, resulting in her drink spraying across the table and out of her nose.

Caitlin Dean, Spewing Mummy, Pregnancy Sickness SupportAnyway, I digress...

I didn't actually win the award, with the likes of Team Honk, Edspire, Gammon and Chips and other incredible blogging super-women, my half hearted blog about HG didn't stand a chance but all in my category were recognised as winners and I felt pound not just for myself but for the whole HG community that I was up there with the artisan's of this modern art.

On top of that I looked totally hot and was dripping with precious jewels lent to me by a school friend who now deals in antique jewellery on Bond Street. The food was yummy and the wine flowed generously resulting in an overall fun evening, followed by a deliciously child-free sleep and no alarm in the morning. (Note, there is life after HG!)

But you know the best bit about the bash? The inspiration... I'm upping my game... you just watch! I'm going to blog my little heart out over the next year. And should the Duchess of Cambridge go for a third baby one day, they won't be calling it morning sickness and talking about ginger – they'll call it by it's name, or at least it's initials. It's really not that hard, Hyperemesis Gravidarum or HG for short.

And don't forget, Amanda and my book, Hyperemesis Gravidarum – The Definitive Guide, will be out in just a couple more weeks... you can sign up for an alert when it's available here.


 Spewing Mummy MAD Blog Award

My MAD Blog Award for Outstanding Contribution and the fancy table at the bash (below).
 MAD Blog Awards 2014

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So fabulous to meet you Caitlin, and to share a taxi with you, giving me time to hear more about your work. You did indeed look hot! I look forward to hooking up for projects in the future. Hayley
Downs Side Up, 23rd September 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Ah, great to meet you too Hayley and looking forward to meeting up in Kernow. You'll have to let me do your nails :) x

Congratulations on being in the awesome Outstanding category, that's when you know your work and your message is really getting out there. Proud to be from Cornwall with you.
Coombemill, 23rd September 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Ah thanks :) I think you were on our table but I didn't realise it was you... we needed blinking name & blog badges on really! x

So it was you sitting opposite me, I thought so looking at the photo here and one table one from my post. Kicking myself now for not circulating round the table more!
Coombemill, 24th September 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Ah yeah, it was kind of noisy though so hard to really chat across the table... will have to have a Cornwall Bloggers Meet up soon though :)

It was such a thrill to have you with us, and I'm so pleased you had a good time. Your site is *so* inspiring for so many of us, and I know how hectic your week must have been, so thanks for coming along!
Sally, 26th September 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Ah thanks so much for having me there! It's always great to hear my blog is well received and it was so amazing to be nominated for such an amazing award.

It certainly was a hectic week and it hasn't calmed down since... Our book came out last night and shot straight to #4 on Amazon's Best Seller list for Pregnancy and Childbirth!!!

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The Book

Hyperemesis Gravidarum - The Definitive Guide by Caitlin Dean

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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