With both of my pregnancies, I had bad morning sickness. Well, I would say it was bad, but compared to others it was probably a walk in the park.
Constant nausea and throwing up for the first 14 weeks.
It got worse the second time (when I was pregnant with Ronan) and I ended up having to take anti-nausea medication.
The first pregnancy I was working full time, and I found it hard to sit at a desk and concentrate when I felt so bad. I would often have to take trips to the toilet to go and throw up – all the while trying to keep it private as no one knew I was pregnant.
The second pregnancy, I was a Mother to a toddler. Chloe was around 15 months old when my morning sickness hit. It was rough. I am a full time mother and my daughter was never in any kind of care until Kindergarten.
Recently the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge have announced they’re pregnant with their third child. This brought a lot of warmth to my heart knowing this – not sure why but it did.
I instantly thought about the fact that the Duchess was going to have hyperemesis gravidarum yet again.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is an extreme form of morning sickness where the symptoms are so severe, or last so long, that they are unable to keep down enough food and fluids to nourish themselves and their baby.
It’s not just “bad morning sickness”, it’s usually totally debilitating, and for some mothers, requires periods of hospitalisation and medication to manage the nausea.
I can’t even imagine what that’s like for ANY woman out there. Being pregnant is hard enough as it is, but to have something like this happen must be incredibly difficult.
And to then go on and have MORE children knowing this would happen again.
Major props to you ladies out there.
Did you have morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum? What was it like for you?