I won’t lecture you on the pitfalls of morning sickness, since I’m guessing that at least half of you have experienced it in some form or another. If not, you are either a) a man, b) yet to have children, or c) one jammy so-and-so.
I’ve never had morning sickness like this before. This is my third child and I honestly thought I had ‘been there, done that’ by now. But I suppose Mother Nature will always have one surprise or another up her sleeve for us, won’t she? This time around, my morning sickness has a name. This time around, I have a label. I am a Hyperemesis gravidarum sufferer. Get me!
So far, I have been hospitalised four times and been put on a drip to re-hydrate me after prolonged vomiting sessions. The recovery is almost instant. After a couple of hours, I feel fighting fit once more and even allow myself to dream that my Hyperemesis gravidarum has gone for good. It usually takes a couple of weeks or so for it to come back again, but so far *touch wood* I have now been three weeks without feeling desperately unable to cope, so I think I have finally turned a corner. I honestly think I can put up with food aversions and slight evening nausea now, after the ordeal my body has been put through over the last six months.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is not a laughing matter. At one point, my midwife was concerned that I was becoming depressed. I would’ve laughed, had I not been feeling so unwell. Wouldn’t you be a little down in the dumps if you had been throwing up almost constantly for six months too? The fact of the matter is that some women do develop ante-natal depression as a direct result of suffering from Hyperemesis gravidarum. It can be a terribly isolating experience, being in this unique and very small proportion of women who are diagnosed with it. Hyperemesis gravidarum can rule your life and there have been times in which I have almost forgotten that I was even pregnant.
Now that I’m feeling stronger, I’m feeling more able to take on the world a little bit. But please bear with me. I’m still weak, I’m still very cautious of strong tasting foods and I’m still prone to the odd hormonal mood swing. But hey, I figured I deserved a little bit of irrational behaviour after what I’ve been through!
(P.S. – For more information on Hyperemesis Gravidarum, visit the Hyperemesis Gravidarum Research Foundation (US site with free leaflets). Some sufferers have published books on their experiences, available at Amazon – click here