In 2011/2012 when I was pregnant with Adam I suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum. Unfortunately my story is typical of many sufferers – hospitalisations, medication, isolation… I also added breathing difficulties and pre-eclampsia to the mix. It wasn’t a great 9 months to say the least! Throughout my pregnancy as I lay there being ill I would think about the adventures Adam and I would have together. I made a promise to myself that once the hyperemesis was over I would value each day. Hence we took part in a 100 day play challenge and started our blog.
It was during the play challenge that it really hit home to me – how am I going to look after Adam during my next pregnancy? The idea of being separated from him for nine months petrifies me. In my last pregnancy I couldn’t look after myself for 9 months let alone an active young child. Although I can live in hope, there is an 86% chance that I will suffer from HG again.
I have made it my mission to find HG friendly play activities. These are aimed to help mothers suffering from HG with a child to look after. HG friendly play activities MUST
* not need any preparation and for most of the resources to be found around the home
* not involve food
* contain an odour (vomiting trigger)
* be mess free
* promote independent play
NB: Please note though that the things which can trigger HG will vary from person to person. These activities are also not meant for HG sufferer at the very early stages of pregnancy. At that stage an HG sufferer will be focused solely on getting through each day and childcare will be a must for their other children.
Throughout the blog look for the HG friendly play activity logo:
Watch our video of 14 ways to entertain a child whilst you are ill:
Click on the pictures below to find out more about the activity: