Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) – My Story

 

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Orla Two Weeks Old 

Firstly, if you are suffering from HG my heart goes out to you – I’ve been there and it’s so debilitating. At a time when you should be most happy, all I could do was cry.

So I want to take it back to the beginning. In my first longed for pregnancy the sickness started around 5-6 weeks. At first, I almost welcomed this symptom as they say it’s a sign things are going well – boy did I regret that thought!

I was being sick every hour, sometimes every few minutes. You know that relief you get after being sick? Well that does not happen with HG!

I struggled through the first 10 weeks thinking it’s just morning sickness it will go soon, but I do remember the point that enough was enough. It was my brother’s birthday and I had taken one bite of pizza and had to run to the bathroom. I sat on the floor crying my eyes out when my mum came in and said “you need to go to the doctors now Hannah”. That Monday I called up and was seen within the hour. They were so good! They told me I had HG and discussed different medications that were safe to take. Needless to say, none of it worked and my sickness continues until I gave birth.

My low points  

A few weeks after being diagnosed I hit a wall. I had lost over a stone in weight and could not even keep water down. The doctor signed me off work for 3 weeks and wanted me to stay off longer but with only being paid statutory sick pay (£60 odd a week) there was no way I could afford to be off any longer. I was working in a hair salon at the time and would have to leave clients midway through to go and be sick. This was when I was rock bottom. I would come home, try to eat something, throw it all back up again, sob my heart out to my husband then go to bed as it was the only thing that made to pain go away. Then I would get back up and do the whole thing all over again the next day.

My fears 

The whole time I feared for my unborn baby that I had waited 3 long years and countless fertility treatments to conceive. I felt so guilty for feeling so low when I was so lucky to be carrying this beautiful baby. I cannot praise my hospital and GP enough for the care attention and extra scans they gave me to put my mind at ease. Through it all she showed no signs of it effecting her growth. Sadly for me my sickness never went away but eased as the pregnancy progressed.

Triggers 

Dairy – I really found dairy to be a big trigger for me, which is so strange as normally dairy does not affect me. Whenever I had it I would throw up straight away.

Certain smells – I remember the smell of the toilet fresher at my workplace would make me gag – probably because I spent so much time with my head down there. Still to this day I can’t stand the smell, it’s a stark reminder of a horrible time for me.

Cutting up raw meat – Even looking at raw meat made me gag. My poor husband didn’t get a proper cooked meal for months as even the smell was too much to handle.

Giving birth to my baby

I had done so much research on HG and heard people say that once the baby is born it just vanishes and it is so true. All through my labor I was vomiting and as soon as she was born like a flick of a switch it was gone. 9 months of feeling nauseous and vomiting just disappeared. The next day while in hospital they came around to ask me what I would like to eat – dare I say a cheese sandwich? 24hrs previous it would have made me vomit instantly, but here I was holding my brand-new baby munching my way through a cheese sandwich and feeling nothing but pure joy.

The fear of falling pregnant again 

As I mentioned before, to fall pregnant with Evelyn we went through three grueling years and many fertility treatments. After having her, we decided that we would let nature take its course and if we were lucky enough to fall pregnant again then it was meant to be. But I have to say the fear of going through it all again was quite overwhelming.

When I did fall pregnant 14months after giving birth to Evelyn I was just waiting, waiting for it to happen all over again and it did! It was later this time at around 8-9 weeks and was gone by 20 weeks but I remember the first time I vomited, I looked at my husband and said “I don’t think I can do this again!”

But the thing with HG is you have no other option but to carry on. I mean what other option do you have??? John used to say to me “I’m so proud of you” and I used to say “for what? Believe me if I could give it away I would”

So all that’s left to say is, if you are going through this then stay strong! These little humans that our bodies have grown are well worth the pain and hey it’s a story to tell them when they are older.

 

Meeting Father Christmas at Chessington Garden Centres Grotto

We have been so excited about this day. HO! HO! HO! 🙂

We recently took our girls to see Father Christmas at a Grotto, and Chessingtons wonderful theme did not disappoint as you can see from Evelyn’s reaction. We had such good fun and have some great memories of the visit.

We hope you enjoy watching our visit.

It was also our first attempt at car vlogging with a Go Pro Hero 5. We think it went ok :-S lol!!!

Top Ten Newborn Essentials

Here are my top 10, (well there is actually 11 but had to add the last one in there) newborn essential items.

Chicco next to me
http://www.boots.com/en/Chicco-Next-2-Me-Side-Sleeping-Crib-Circles_1776386/

Sleepyhead
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sleepyhead-Deluxe-Months-Pristine-White/dp/B00ACK676E/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1480513534&sr=1-1&keywords=sleepyhead+deluxe

Feeding Pillow
http://www.boots.com/en/Perfectly-Happy-People-Widgey-Nursing-Pillow-Animal_1046514/

Medela Breast Pump
http://www.boots.com/en/Medela-Swing-Maxi-Double-Electric-Breast-pump_1501163/

Water Wipes
http://www.boots.com/en/WaterWipes-Baby-Wipes-Chemical-Free-Sensitive-60-wipes-_1319738/

Braun Thermometer
http://www.boots.com/en/Braun-Thermoscan-7Series-Thermometer-Ear-IRT6520_1538923/

Swaddle Blanket
https://www.adenandanais.co.uk/all-swaddles/jungle-jam-4-pack-classic-swaddles-2026g

Breastfeeding Cover
http://www.boots.com/en/Mamascarf-Cotton-Breastfeeding-Scarf-Black_1190869/

5ml Syringes
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terumo-Disposable-Syringe-Pack-100/dp/B004U9FLS8/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=drugstore&ie=UTF8&qid=1480514285&sr=1-1&keywords=5ml+syringes

Bath Support
http://www.mothercare.com/supports-and-mats/mothercare-ergonomic-bath-support/265758.html#q=bath+seat&lang=default&start=7

ISO FIX Car seat base
http://www.mothercare.com/car-seat-bases/cybex-q-fix-car-seat-base/765362.html#q=Cybex+q&start=1

Christmas is Coming | Putting up our Tree

Christmas is coming…….

So it has always been tradition in our house to put our tree up the first week in December. I love decorating our tree and myself and John have collected decorations from different parts of the world and places we have traveled, so each year when we sit down and gaze at our tree we can relive all the wonderful memories we have created in these amazing places.

I always make John put on the Christmas music and we (ok maybe just me) have a little dance and sing along. This year it seemed extra special as Evelyn is at an age where she is really starting to get Christmas and the excitement of it all.

Check out the video below to see us getting all festive

Breastfeeding Advice and Tips

Having breastfed two babies, I thought I would make a video on things that I have learnt.

I nursed my first daughter for 13 months and am currently exclusively breastfeeding my second daughter currently 15 weeks.

Hope this video gives some of you some helpful advice and support.

Babies 12 Week Update

We can’t believe our baby girl is 12 weeks old already, (where has the time gone).

Some days we feel like she has been here forever and always been part of our life and other days it feels like yesterday i gave birth.

So here is her 12 Week Update. Hope you enjoy!!! 🙂

Whats in my Babies Hospital Bag?

My friends that become pregnant all have the same question, what shall I pack in my hospital bags?

So I thought I would make a video of exactly what I packed in my babies bag.

Daddy Daycare | While Mummy Is Away

I don’t get the opportunity to have my beautiful girls to myself on to many occasions, so when mummy has to go out to work. I try to embrace the time i have with them.

Evelyn is so much fun and adventurous that it makes for such a interesting and learning experience, not just for her but myself too.

Orla is obviously still a baby and doesn’t do to much but when she smiles it certainly brightens up every dull moment.

Hope you enjoy this video. Daddy xx

DITL | Kensington Gardens | Science Museum | London |

Living in West London we are so lucky to have such fantastic landmarks on our doorstep not to mention the abundance of free museums.

We decided to plan a family outing to the Science museum in South Kensington and with Kensington Gardens just around the corner we added in a trip to the Diana memorial playground.

This playground is great for children of all ages with a giant ship surrounded by sand as the centerpiece, children are free to run wild with the safety of knowing that adults have to be accompanied by a child to enter. Once we had prized Evelyn away we took a stroll down to the lake to marvel at the swans swimming around happily, then on to the science museum.

If you haven’t taken your toddler to the science museum then I suggest you do, they have an interactive area called The Garden located in the basement especially designed for children, with water play, giant stacking blocks and much much more. Evelyn had the best time and even enjoyed looking at the spaceships and car exhibits that maybe designed for older children.

We all had such a great day and it was all totally free, you cant ask for better than that.