It still hasn’t sunk in yet what an achievement it was for us to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. We hadn’t appreciated how tough the 25 mile walk would be especially as our bodies are not used to hills let alone peaks. It is now laughable looking at the ‘slopes’ we were training on in flat Norfolk. We would have been better off completing 336 miles walking up the stairs in my house!
Walking up Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough I thought of how many positive changes there have been to my life as a direct result of suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It may have taken 9 months of my life but it has given me so much in return.
If you had asked me three years ago whilst I was in the throes of HG whether anything positive could come out of my 9 months of hell I would have thought you were mad. At the time I couldn’t even imagine there was going to be a baby at the end of all the suffering. How could my baby make me this ill? I used to trawl the internet in search of pictures of HG survivors to prove to myself that there was going to be a baby.
Not only do I have now have the most amazing little boy , but also I am more grateful now for my family who helped me through every step. Through volunteering with the Pregnancy Sickness Support charity I have formed lifelong friendships and have also had the opportunity to develop a range of skills. I am now a trustee of the charity and hope that future generations of women will receive accurate information from healthcare professionals together with the right support to survive this debilitating and isolating condition.
I also found blogging as a result of HG. When I was pregnant I vowed to make every day an adventure once I had recovered. Adventures of Adam is the outcome of completing a 100 day play challenge with Adam, as part of that promise. The blog also provides HG-friendly play activities so that women suffering from HG can continue to enjoy playing with their children whilst pregnant.
That is not to understate the suffering I went through and how each minute was a continuing battle. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ensures that I never forget those feelings. There are many triggers that can send me back to that dark HG place in an instant. Certain smells, sounds, foods, the change in season and places can induce panic attacks.
Spewing Mummy talks about taking a proactive stance and joining the ‘Hyperemesis Improvement Movement‘. My journey shows that by grasping positives from a negative situation you can channel those feelings into making productive changes. Three years ago I wouldn’t have considered walking 25 miles along a road let alone that same distance up any peaks. Having survived those nine months of HG, I am a far stronger person and I’m sure that I can now survive anything that life throws at me.
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