A whole year has passed since I wrote about my experience of Hypermesis Gravidarum (HG); if you haven't already read my HG posts, I would recommend that you have a read as they really sum up how awful this condition is. Click on the tab above for more information.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum robbed me of the joys of pregnancy; I certainly did not bloom during them, and I still can feel slightly jealous of those people who have the perfect pregnancy and bloom; I would have loved nothing more than to feel that way, but it was not meant to be.
I must and do think of the positives; I was able to get through HG, not just once, but twice, and have two wonderful and amazing daughters who bring me so much joy and happiness; I would not change them for the world.
We will most likely not be adding another sibling for them, as I do not feel that I could battle against HG again. It would put an enormous strain on my body, and this combined with suffering an under active thyroid and ongoing knee issues would not be good health wise. I would feel as if I were letting my girls down if I could not be there for them, so it is with a heavy heart that I have to say no, no more babies, well not the human kind. Phil and I have been talking for some time about the option of having a dog and we are both in agreement this is a good idea, but we are not in any great rush and shall await the dog that suits us as a family. We will probably need to move to a bigger house first though.
Over the last year I have heard from many people who have suffered from HG; I have tried my best to help them both through social media and also with the numerous radio, newspaper and magazine interviews that I have taken part in to help raise awareness of the condition. I am pleased that I have been given the opportunity to speak out and help others; I think there have been two media highlights for me, the first was having my story featured in Prima Baby magazine and the other was hightling the condition on the radio.
This HG awareness day, please consider donating what you can to help continue the work of Pregnancy Sickness Support, a small charity that I have volunteered for since Lottie was a newborn. If you would like to make a donation you can do so by following this link.
Thank you and please share this link and any of my related HG posts to help raise more awareness of this condition.