Hey Royal Cub fam!
So here it is! TA-DA! I have my very own Royal Cub currently baking in the oven!
Most of you have probably seen my pregnancy announcement on instagram and if not… well... we are having a boy come April 2022. Words cannot describe how excited I am! It definitely feels surreal but also feeling very blessed.
Since finding out I was pregnant, it has been such a tough and challenging journey. I found out as early as 4 weeks. I definitely thought it was a false positive as I just didn’t think I would fall pregnant this quick. So blessed I did though and life definitely loves to throw those curveballs.
Few days after finding out, I suffered from severe crippling pain in the ovary area and let me tell you, I think my whole street could hear me screaming. I immediately thought it was an ectopic pregnancy and only the worst was rushing through my mind. I rushed to the doctors and did an emergency ultrasound. Lo and behold I had a 4.5cm cyst on my right ovary which was turning. We later confirmed that there was definitely an embryo in my uterus. I cried such happy tears despite the rough 2 weeks of crippling pain.
As time went on I started to feel the notorious morning sickness/nausea around five and half weeks. (They should really change the name as it wasn’t morning only). Over the following days it got so severe and stayed for 24/7.
I thought this was normal as I have seen so many of my friends suffer from pregnancy sickness but I thought why do I feel pain and why am I not able to vomit and why am I always dry heaving over the bowl? Why am I getting head spins, fainting, struggling to even walk? Why is this all heightened and worse at night? Why am I crying and breaking down so much? What’s wrong with me? I thought pregnancy was supposed to be a happy and joyous time.
Just another hospital visit with my yummy Hydralite ice block
I was told to eat dry crackers by so many but sadly this did not help in any way. (which sadly it doesn't for HG sufferers) One day I fell so sick that I broke out into a fever and couldn’t move and was on the brink of fainting. My husband rushed home as the ambulances were not close at all due to the spike of covid. I knew it couldn’t be covid as I hadn’t left the house in weeks due to being so sick.
Pj dressed me and carried me to the car and rushed me to the emergency department. 7-8 hours later, 3 blood tests and 3 IV drips later, I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
There isn’t enough awareness of HG (Hyperemisis Gravidarum) and there needs to be. Women need to talk about this more and be able to express how difficult this condition is. This condition can make you so debilitated and crippled for months on end and I’m talking, I couldn’t even walk for 3 months nor do anything for myself. HG is a horrible condition to live with, as women around the world can have it so bad they terminate their pregnancies.
For those women who have HG and aren’t sure where to turn, there is a Facebook group called “Hyperemesis Gravidarum Australia’ This group is great for support from all women around Australia to support one another struggling with HG.
Unfortunately, HG isn’t something bland foods, dry crackers and toast will help alleviate the nausea. I had a friend once say to me “Oh, that’s morning sickness! You’ll be fine” and all I wanted to do was reach through my phone and punch him in the mouth.
To all the women suffering HG if anyone says to you anything along those lines you have every right to kick em where it hurts!
To all the women who survived HG and or is going through it now, I applaud you as you are a fighter, a warrior and you are STRONG! And I am here for a good chat at any time.