Hyperemesis Gravidarum – Pauper to Princess (or Duchess)

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I awoke this morning to the news that Kate Middleton is pregnant and has been admitted to hospital with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. I have felt nauseas since I heard the news and I’ve been actively avoiding reading any of the comments surrounding the press, because honestly, people are cold hearted and mean, especially when they are lucky enough to have no idea what they are talking about.

I’m not one that’s swayed by celebrities, in any which way, but as a first time mother, I too faced HG and I want to stand up in defence of the Duchess of Cambridge and say IT IS NOT JUST MORNING SICKNESS.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is debilitating. It is like being so hungover you can’t even keep water in your body. And it’s like that 24/7 for however long it lasts. For Ameli that was my life for 18 weeks. With Aviya it was 26 weeks.  

My advice to anyone who says ‘it’s just morning sickness’ is this: go out tonight. Get VERY drunk. So drunk you throw up all day tomorrow. Then imagine that day after day after day after day. Then imagine doing it with the world watching. Then feel free to comment on what the Duchess is experiencing right now. If you just had morning sickness, count your blessing, hug your child, and keep your comments to yourself. 

Like all diseases, Hyperemesis Gravidarum picks you, no matter who you are.

P.S. If you want to know more about Hyperemesis Gravidarum you can find out more on that link. I’ve written about what its like living with Hyperemesis Gravidarum and the general journey of life for an HG sufferer, including mourning the loss of a joyous pregnancy.

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5 thoughts on “Hyperemesis Gravidarum – Pauper to Princess (or Duchess)

  1. I only had what I believe to be mild morning sickness with each of my pregnancies. But even mild morning sickness, combined with debilitating fatigue, kicked my butt. I planned my third pregnancy so that the weeks of morning sickness would be during the summer when I was off (I am a teacher). I can’t fathom what HG would be like. I don’t even want to put an adjective into the sentence to describe what I imagine it would be like because I can’t. My heart goes out to anyone who suffers from HG.

    I have a friend who experienced HG for her entire pregnancy, even during birth, and when she held her little baby girl in her arms for the first time she was 40 pounds lighter than when she got pregnant. Honestly, what was Nature thinking?!!?
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  2. i have only ever have mild morning sickness with my pregnancies….i cant imagine it any worse than that! so sending loads of comforting thouhts to the Duchess and every other mama suffering right now! it IS worth it all when you cuddle your baby…eventually… xx

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  3. I don’t even have HG, but I’ve had about 30 weeks of severe morning sickness, which has been absolutely miserable. Thankfully the end is in sight. It’s terrible for people to be so callous.
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