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Anna Davis

Wild Women Survival Challenge

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My story

[p][br][/p][p]My diagnosis of HG came late, I was 16 weeks pregnant and had been excessively suffering with nausea and sickness since week 3. Doctors were unsure what was wrong with me as I hadn't had it with my first pregnancy, so were reluctant to give me medication, I was told that over the counter travel sickness meds, ginger and pressure bands would fix it. It definitely didn't. I saw several different doctors through my constant and persistent turning up to the doctors surgery every other day, demanding to speak to someone about how ill I was feeling. They did urine test after urine test but there were never any ketones so clearly I wasn't dehydrated. Eventually a doctor said to me hyperemesis gravidarum, I had never heard of it and wasn't exactly sure what it meant. I went home relieved that my illness was a real thing and that finally someone had heard me. that was when I found PSS on a Google search. My sickness became manageable around week 20, I didn't completely stop being sick but it was down to about once a day, but the nausea never let up and didn't until I had given birth. The first 20 weeks of my pregnancy had already taken its toll both physically and mentally. My partner became my carer and I missed my daughter, my triggers were clean smells, water from the tap, clean clothes but by far my worse triggers were the smells of my daughter and my partner and of my own skin and hair. I lost weight, muscle tone and suffered severe hair loss, I looked in the mirror and didn't recognise myself. I flitted between anger and misery, it felt so unjustified, why had I got this condition? My family and friends disappeared, those that knew didn't understand the condition and many didn't even know I was pregnant, we had gone into survival mode and lived within the four walls of our house and never went out. I spent the best part of 12 weeks confined to my bedroom, apart from my hospital visits. Having suffered with anxiety and depression before, I saw the warning signs coming but that still didn't stop the darkness from entering our lives. The isolation was very hard for me, I thrive on social interaction and love being around people. I was also referred to consultant led care at the hospital at week 18, as me and the baby were below the 10th centile, I was told that HG shouldn't cause this and my baby was small because there was something else wrong, I then had growth scans every 14 days and was told that unless I started eating and gaining weight they would deliver my baby early. I was devastated. I slowly started to gain weight and finally at 39 weeks the consultant agreed to sign me off his care, I wanted to deliver at a midwife led unit that I was recommended in Lichfield - in a different county to where I live. I was put in touch with the midwives there by my own midwife, as they had experience with HG pregnancies. This was the only place I felt understood and safe in my entire pregnancy, I managed to get in to see them three times during my pregnancy for assessment and treatment, but by that time the worst of my HG had passed. I'm 8 months post HG now and still feel the repercussions of the condition, I still struggle to verbalise my experience without crying, my mental health has vastly improved but I feel as though I now have scars that I will carry with me forever. Unfortunately irrevocable damage was done to some relationships with friends and family which is a tragic shame but one thing I learnt from suffering HG is who my people really are. [/p]

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Oct 29, 2018

Anonymous

Well done you, and all involved. Take care God bless Jonathan x

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Oct 27, 2018

Laura Faulds

What a brilliant thing to do. PSS were my support hub and would have not got through my hG journey without them.

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Oct 25, 2018

Margaret

Well done Anna, thanks for doing this for women with HG. I’ll be with you all in spirit.

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Oct 19, 2018

Kirt Richardson

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Oct 16, 2018

Emma Watford

Well done for doing this epic thing for tiny Pregnancy Sickness Support you amazing lady! It'll help so many mummies who have to go through HG X

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Sep 28, 2018

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