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Courageous women share their journey through HG and the impact that it has made in their lives. To read about their experiences please choose a link below, by clicking on their name.

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Amy Spencer

I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum with both of my babies, who are now delightful adults. I’m thankful and amazed all three of us survived. As a book editor, I love playing with words, so I’ve written my story in an unusual way. Really, it’s the story of every woman who has had HG…
  Amy Swartwout-Morris

My name is Amy Morris from a young age I knew I always wanted to be a mommy; that I was meant to be a mommy. I am now a mom of a 2 soon to be 3 year old (in June) boy named Tanner; I had him at the age of 20. I am also currently pregnant with my second child which is due…
  Angela Bingham

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  Andrea McEwan

My HG journey began in 2006 when I fell pregnant with my first child. At the time, I was in a happy relationship, but we were young and naive and weren’t really prepared for parenthood. We decided to keep the baby and go ahead with the pregnancy regardless of obstacles. However, after two weeks of conceiving, the sickness began. At first I thought throwing up my tea every night and heaving in the shower was funny, but soon it became unbearable. I couldn’t concentrate at work as a hairdresser as all the smells made me vomit. After a week of mild sickness, it hit like a ton of bricks. I was bedridden for the next month and a half. I couldn’t keep a single thing down although I tried desperately… 
  Ashley Santos

How do you explain to someone the emotional roller-coaster of a difficult pregnancy? The constant struggle just to find a desire to eat something because you know your growing child needs it? The strength it takes to keep fighting only to learn the worst? Honestly, I don’t know how to explain it, but I’ll try my best… 
  Betsy Shaw

With the freakishly warm weather we had last week, came one of the most nostalgia-inducing sounds in the world: spring peepers.  The sound of peepers stands me still. Their calls are so plaintive, yet somehow soothing in their insistence, in their perseverant 
optimism… 
  Briana Roy

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  Carla Covin

My goal in this journey is to help raise awareness and find a cause and a cure for HG. The world needs to know about HG; it is not a household name and it needs to be. There are mothers out there who think they are alone with this disease and have no support… 

  Caroline Ridge 

I did not enjoy the first trimester of my pregnancy. Not one bit. In fact it was hell. I was one of the unlucky few who developed Hyperemesis Gravidarum (approx 0.3-2.0% pregnant women affected in the UK), an extreme form of morning sickness and I suffered with this from 6-13 weeks gestation… 
  Chelsea Neira

My husband Chris and I were so excited to start expanding our family. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and looked forward to being pregnant. Around five weeks, I started feeling the “expected” nausea that’s associated with pregnancy. I had a hard time finding food that sounded even remotely appetizing, so my diet consisted of saltine crackers. By six weeks I started vomiting first thing in the morning through the wee hours of the night. I work full time at an animal hospital and I started spending most of the day puking in the restroom… 
  Christine Dowske

It has been eight months since my daughter was born and we both overcame an awful disease called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). I’m still not ready to relive those awful days, but due to certain circumstances I feel the need to speak up not only for myself, but for other sufferers and survivors…

  Crystal Lane

I am a three-time sufferer/survivor with severity ranging from moderate to death defying. It was the lowest point(s) in my life. HG cost me friends, family and my health. However, I try not to think on these things…
  Kate Bolen-Lourie

During my eighth week, the morning sickness appeared. Since it was my first pregnancy, I had no idea what was considered normal. However, I knew something was wrong when I was throwing up more than 10 times a day and was unable to keep anything, even water, down. I would spend most of the work day curled up on the bathroom floor next to the toilet…

  Katrina Wallbridge-Nichols

We got a positive pregnancy test at 5 a.m. on 10th August 2011. We were so excited and we had no idea what was to come. Two weeks later I spent a whole weekend in bed vomiting three to four times an hour. I saw a doctor, thinking I must have a bug. Instead, the doctor diagnosed me with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. I had never heard of this and had no idea what was to follow…
  Keren Scott

I was terrified of another pregnancy which is why I put it off for so long. I ended up convincing myself that my second pregnancy would be different, that I would be fine this time. I couldn’t have been more wrong…

  Kerry Farrow

I had typical morning sickness in my first pregnancy. I would throw up before work, manage to keep things at bay whilst at work with continuous munching and begin to feel sick again on my way home. I lived off bran flakes and went through 5 boxes in one week…

  Kimberly Harkness

Everything was great until 5 weeks when I started getting nauseous a lot. I just thought, “Hey, this is just morning sickness.” At 6 weeks, I started getting really sick. I went to the ER many times. I had a nurse tell me to get over it and drink some ginger ale. I also had an ER doctor ask me what I wanted him to do about it…

  Kristie Barber

Things seemed to be going fine until I started feeling a little nauseous around the fifth week. I thought it was regular morning sickness, but I was very wrong; what was about to happen over the next few days would change my life forever. That seedy feeling quickly progressed into violent nausea which had me bed ridden 24/7…

  Magalie Fifi

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  Michelle Foster

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  Rebecca Hansen

What Hyperemesis Gravidarum means to me. For me it takes a bit of the joy out of pregnancy…I don’t get those energetic months of feeling wonderful and where I am glowing. What I do get is the ability to be empathetic to other sweet Mamas that go through Hyperemesis Gravidarum… 
  Rebecca Smith

When I got pregnant with my first daughter, I thought I was going crazy. I was always sick, in and out of the hospital. I couldn’t keep anything down – not even water. I didn’t know what to do… 

  Rosa Yriarte

I’m a 33 year old mom of three kids, two girls, ages 3 and 1, plus a baby boy in heaven. I have never been diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, but it is obvious that I have it once you read my story… 
  Sarah Morrow

My first pregnancy was in 2008 and we were so excited! That was until ‘it’ started – the dreaded sickness. At first we thought it was normal morning sickness, but it kept getting worse. Nothing stayed down, not even water, which is bad as I am diabetic. We skipped the GP visit and went straight to hospital. That’s when the drips started and I became a human pin cushion… 
  Shelly Johnson Long

I was pregnant with my first HG baby in 1996. I was very sick 6 weeks into my pregnancy. I credited my nausea & all my other HG symptoms to the abusive relationship I was in & the stress that came from it that I had to deal with due to leaving him. Every time I went to my OB he’d get very irritated with me… 
  Shelly Cummings Wilson

As far back as I can remember, all I ever wanted in life was to be happily married and have a big family. I never thought I’d be near 32 years old when I married the love of my life. We were married on July 10, 2004. With my biological clock ticking we didn’t wait to try to conceive… 
  Starr Andrews-Strong

I hated being pregnant. I wanted to have a normal happy pregnancy like my friends. Even though my pregnancy was high-risk, I was blessed with my baby girl. So many mothers lose their babies to HG. It’s amazing that a baby can survive with the mother being so dehydrated and malnourished, vomiting to the point of blood and needing IV medications and fluids. Most mothers fear taking medication during pregnancy, but I didn’t have a choice; it’s what kept my daughter and I alive… 
  Steffy Lyell

In March 2012, I took a digital pregnancy test that told me I was over three weeks pregnant! Our baby wasn’t planned, but we were happy to be expecting. However, the happiness was short lived when 3 days later at my doctor’s appointment I was sent to the local hospital for an emergency scan as they suspected the pregnancy might have been ectopic… 
  Susan Brown

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  Tabitha Valencia-Baker

Not a day goes by that I do not think of how blessed I am to have my little angels. With HG, there is a 50/50 chance of a good or bad outcome, but whatever the outcome; there are people here for you. I hope my story can help women out there who are suffering. I want them to know they are not alone… 
  Tricia Pruett

My HG lasted the entire pregnancy and I didn’t have one day free from nausea and vomiting. Minutes after out perfect miracle baby was born the HG disappeared. I dealt with quite a bit of anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and depression postpartum which has gotten better with time… 
  Vanessa Pack

Less than ten weeks into the pregnancy my illness was obvious; exhibited by weight loss, extreme dehydration and the placement of a risky IV PICC line due to the constriction of my veins and requirements for daily re-hydration for over a month… 
  Yeni Lozano

My name is Yeni. I’m 28 years old and this is my pregnancy story about how my daughter and I survived Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). I always wanted to be a mother. Even though no one told me I couldn’t have children I was not so confident. I always had a doubt in the back of my mind… 
   

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