I really want to slap my past self for thinking that.
I really did feel like I was under such a cloud of sickness and exhaustion, I’ve felt nothing like it before.
I relented and made an appointment with my GP this week, on a day where nothing was staying inside. I sat in his office on the verge of tears because I was so frustrated – and embarrassed – at having to explain to him I was there because of ‘morning sickness’, a symptom of pregnancy most women encounter and deal with without even breaking a sweat. Thankfully, instead of turning me away and telling me to get over it, he sympathised and congratulated me for making the step to coming in – immediately prescribing some anti-sickness medication. He initially wanted me on bed rest for 2 weeks, but a few days in I feel much better than I did before. I’ve been able to get some sleep, I’ve been able to get some food and water in my belly and that in turn is such a positive.
‘Severe Morning Sickness’ is what I’m experiencing. Or rather, Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Judging by the write ups that this condition has, I’m really glad I made the choice to visit the GP when I did – I don’t see my Midwife for another week, by that point I’d have been in a complete mess! Apparently HG is caused by the changing hormones during pregnancy, and effects 1 in every 100 women – and the earlier you begin treatment, the better chance the medication has of taking effect quickly. It isn’t a sign of weakness, and don’t compare your pregnancy to other women during theirs – see your GP and get some help.