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What It’s Really Like To Have Severe Morning Sickness

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is the severest form of nausea and vomiting pregnant women can experience. The extreme condition only affects 1% of women, but they’re in royal company – Kate Middleton has suffered during each of her three pregnancies (her most recent announced last week).

With some women being sick up to 50 times a day, dangerous dehydration can occur, so it’s imperative to stay hydrated and see your doctor – in some cases a hospital stay and IV therapy are needed. To find out what it’s really like, we spoke to Michelle Kennedy – tech entrepreneur behind new motherhood app Peanut – who experienced HG first-hand…

How did hyperemesis gravidarum affect you?

Well, it was unexpected for a start. At a time when I was expecting to gain weight and develop a glow, I was struggling to keep anything down, losing weight and looking green for most of the day. I was also terrified that the constant retching was causing my unborn baby harm. There were days when I thought I might not be able to leave the bathroom floor – I just wanted those cold tiles against my face!

What was the worst part about it for you?

I think the worst part for me was – like Kate – my precious secret was now out in the open. When you have severe morning sickness, you can’t hide your pregnancy any longer, especially if you’re working. You can tell people you're having an allergic reaction to medication (I tried that one), but they know. That's scary.

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Aside from seeking the proper medical care, what tips do you have for suffering mums-to-be?

Along with avoiding nausea triggers like strong smells, food aversions, bright light and loud noises, the only thing you can do is give yourself time. It does pass (symptoms often improve after the 20th week of pregnancy), but you can't rush it – your body decides. You have to keep telling yourself that it will get better and it will be worth it. By the time your little bundle arrives, you almost forget it happened.

What about coping with the condition emotionally? Any advice?

This is a tough one. I spoke to Frankie Bridge (from The Saturdays) yesterday who also suffered. It was so severe she had to pull out of the Strictly tour, which was obviously devastating. Worse, was that she encountered comments from people: "You're pregnant, not sick". But actually, she was sick. HG is an illness and it can be debilitating. You have to try and block out the noise from others. Don't listen to other people, their ignorance of the condition is not your issue.
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