A mother of two has revealed she had morning sickness so debilitating that she lost two stones while pregnant and was bedridden for three months.
Sarah Vickery, 38, suffered a complication called hyperemesis gravidarum during her second pregnancy, an extreme form of morning sickness that causes severe nausea — the same condition Kate Middleton struggled with during her three pregnancies.
The GGD could not eat or drink for three months without vomiting and admitted that she would have had to terminate the pregnancy without the support of her family.
Sarah Vickery, 38, developed a complication called hyperemesis gravidarum during her second pregnancy, an extreme form of morning sickness that causes severe nausea (pictured 40 weeks pregnant)
She saw her weight drop by two stone as a result of the condition, and became so weak that she was left bedridden and hospitalized six times while husband Matt, 39, looked after their two-year-old Hannah. .
Despite the complications, she gave birth to a healthy boy, Travis, who is now a week old, and after the delivery Sarah regained her appetite.
Sarah said: ‘At about five weeks pregnant I started to feel tired, nauseous and throw up a few times a day, but within a week I was sick all day.
“I couldn’t get out of bed because as soon as I moved I vomited.
Newcastle mother of two revealed she had morning sickness so debilitating that she lost two stones and was hospitalized six times (pictured) during pregnancy
However, miraculously she has since given birth to a healthy baby boy, Travis, who is now a week old (pictured together in hospital) and after giving birth Sarah regained her appetite.
The GGD could not eat or drink for three months without vomiting because of the severe nausea that started at week five (pictured at 30 weeks with Hannah, two)
‘The list of things I could eat got smaller until there was nothing left and I couldn’t drink anymore.
“I didn’t notice how much weight I was losing, but my husband told me how skinny I looked, and I shocked a few people with how much I’d lost.
“I had just come back from vacation when I found out I was pregnant, so people had noticed how good I looked. The next time they saw me, I was really skinny.
“I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t take care of my little girl and I missed her second birthday because I couldn’t get down. It was really scary.
“If I hadn’t had my husband and family I would have had to endure termination and some women who suffer from it eventually have to.
“I needed help getting to the shower and taking care of a toddler was impossible.”
Sarah said she didn’t notice how much weight she lost until people who saw her were ‘shocked’ by how thin she had become (pictured before she was pregnant)
She admitted she would have been forced to terminate the pregnancy without the support of her husband Matt, 39, and her family (pictured 40 weeks pregnant)
Sarah was unable to eat or drink for three months without vomiting, had to take off work after eight weeks and was hospitalized twice before finally being given steroids at 17 weeks to help ease symptoms.
She said, ‘The steroids changed the symptoms. I had no appetite, no enthusiasm and I just didn’t feel like it anymore. It felt like a constant hangover.
“I didn’t want to complain because a lot of people want to be pregnant and a lot of people thought I should have made the best of it.
She was eventually given steroids at 17 weeks to help with symptoms she said she felt was “constant hangover” (pictured in hospital)
After giving birth, Sarah said her symptoms subsided and she was able to eat ‘the biggest meal’ (Picture: Sarah during labor with husband Matt)
What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum And How Can It Be Treated?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a pregnancy disorder in which expectant mothers experience severe nausea, weight loss, vomiting, and dehydration.
Mild cases of HG can be treated with a change in diet, rest, and antacids. But more severe cases can force the expectant mother to stay in the hospital so they can get the nutrition they need.
About 70 to 80 percent of women will experience some form of morning sickness during their pregnancy.
But the number of women who suffer from HG is not well known, as the majority often go unreported because they treat it at home or in an outpatient clinic.
The cause of HG remains unknown, but the severe nausea is thought to be due to the rise in hormone levels in the woman’s body as it changes to accommodate the growing fetus.
HG symptoms usually start during the first trimester at four to six weeks and peak when the woman is nine to 12 weeks old.
While most women will experience relief as they enter their second trimester after 14 weeks, some will experience severe nausea during their pregnancy.
Source: American Pregnancy
‘I certainly don’t have that anymore. If I had had this experience with my first pregnancy, I would never have had another one.”
Miraculously, their son Travis, now a week old, continued to grow despite concerns about the health of mother and baby, and Sarah’s symptoms disappeared almost immediately after birth.
She said, “I feel like I’m myself again. I can get excited again.
“I can enjoy spending time with my toddler and just getting out of the house that I couldn’t even think about before.
“The baby was fine and got everything he needed even though I was losing weight, so that was reassuring.
“I have my huge appetite back and after giving birth I had the biggest meal.”