Millions of women here in the United States experience infertility or an impaired ability to get pregnant, in addition to staggering numbers of couples across the globe and in developing countries in particular. No doubt for many of these women, the pain and suffering associated with such infertility and impairment is profound. I know my pain was real as I was deemed infertile just prior to getting pregnant with our second daughter.
Even so, the night I found out I was pregnant for the third time, I cried for hours, inconsolably. It was a surprise and unplanned. I had just started to recover, to feel more like myself, after giving birth a year-and-a-half before. I was distraught because, for me, pregnancy is utter misery. I have hyperemesis gravidarum, a medical condition described by Scientific American:
hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)…is a dangerous type of morning sickness. HG affects anywhere between 0.2 to 2 percent of all pregnant women in developed countries. The disease is associated with nausea and vomiting so severe that women can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.
Basically, it’s morning sickness to the extreme. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is likewise afflicted. She’s being checked by doctors after having been hospitalized for the condition while pregnant with Prince George. (This may be the only thing I have in common with royalty.) During my last pregnancy, I was monitored daily by a home health care agency and was given anti-nausea medication 24-7 through an IV drip in order to avoid a hospital stay. I was still extremely nauseated, though the medicine kept me from throwing up and losing as much weight as I did in my first pregnancy. There were unpleasant ...1
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