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HG: Hyperemesis Gravidarum (or Have a’ Ginger)

A guest post from Jane, for #HGday16

My name is Jane… Mum of 2… Student Midwife. And HG sufferer. Yak. I would not wish this on my worst enemy.

I am writing this guest blog post as a Mum and therefore it does not show my usual academic rigor: this is my lived experience of HG and how it affects my practice as a student midwife and life every day.

My eldest is 9, my youngest almost 5. Ironically I had a molar pregnancy prior to my lovely children with sky high HCG levels and I did not vomit once. I thought I had escaped this curse… my mum had terrified me with her stories of HG having suffered with both myself and my sister. That first pregnancy was not to last (but that is a story for another blog post).

So we decided to try for another baby in 2006. I hoped for plain sailing this time. Those visions we see in the glossy magazine: ‘blooming’ celebs with their neat bump, glossy hair, sparkling eyes, floating dresses and these gorgeous women walking hand in hand with their men through picturesque fields full of flowers…

HG: Hyperemesis Gravidarum (or Have a’ Ginger) had a queasy stomach from a day or two before my expected period date. Two days later I took a pregnancy test – POSITIVE – I was delighted. The vomiting began a couple of day later. Not just first thing on a morning but all day. Was this just a stomach bug? Nope.

I would tell friends I had Hyperemesis.

“Yeah, I had morning sickness too! Have a ginger biscuit before you get up!”.

HG is NOT MORNING SICKNESS. I just wanted to scream this. But albeit I did not have the energy. (more…)


An IUGR baby: Naomi and Aneurin

One of the most common things I’ve heard since Elsie was born is often well meant, but tragically born from a real lack of understanding of IUGR and what it really means. I’ve been told so many times that Elsie can’t be IUGR since she was a good weight. There’s nothing wrong with her. All that worrying for nothing. Well, yes. She is here and she is well. But that worrying was never for nothing. That worrying was for my baby. That worrying was for the fact that IUGR is one of the biggest causes of stillbirth in the UK. That worrying was for the implications on her future health, should she make it out of the hospital at all. Elsie was IUGR. But she was also very very lucky. Our care at the hospital meant that we were monitored closely enough to ensure a good outcome, but I will never sit back and assume that our journey is over. If all I need to do now is to raise awareness and educate, then our journey will never be over.

Today I want to share the story of Naomi and Aneurin. Naomi is a very special lady. She got in touch with me during my pregnancy and shared details of her own experience with IUGR. Her support touched me deeply, since her story was so so different to mine. Her unwavering celebrations of Elsie and all her small achievements is amazing. Her joy in our happy story means the world, especially as she tends to her own broken heart. It truly takes a special person to reach out and support another mum to be, when you have lived through the nightmare yourself. Naomi consistently used her experience to lend an ear, offer a shoulder or to simply let me know she was there. I can never thank her enough for that. This is her story.

An IUGR baby: Naomi and (more…)


Five Winter Activities on the South Coast

Winter brings shorter days and cold temperatures that can make it tricky to plan a family day out. Britain’s south coast is known for its seaside resorts and surfing, but what can you do when the tourist season has ended and cold winter weather sets in?

Five winter activities on the south coast~

The Treasure Trail, Brighton

Explore Brighton’s history by following the 1.5 mile trail. Get some exercise, view the town’s historic monuments and buildings, and solve the murder mystery clues. This is suitable for the whole family and children of all ages, as the walk is pushchair and wheelchair accessible. You follow this route all year round but enjoy during the snow for a picturesque winter’s day out. Read this Park Resorts guide for more family activities in Brighton.

The New Forest, Hampshire

Once a royal forest belonging to William I, New Forest measures over 500 square kilometers and is the perfect place for a winter time family stroll. Wrap up warm, wear winter boots and trek along signposted routes, many of which lead to quaint country pubs. Visit the forest during snowy weather for a magical day making snowmen and snow angels.

Christmas Market, Plymouth

The whole family can enjoy Plymouth’s annual German Christmas market. Buy a Bratwurst, grab some roasted chestnuts, or buy Christmas decorations and gifts. The festive atmosphere is perfect for children. Go on a Thursday evening and gather around the Christmas tree to hear a choir singing carols. Read here for opening times.

After a browse, visit the HMS victory, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, or the Mary Rose Museum to discover Plymouth’s rich naval history.

Cawsand Village, Cornwall

Once a known smugglers’ haven, Cawsand is a pretty Cornish harbour village that has won the award for ‘Best Kept Village’ several times. The village’s smuggling history dates back to the 18th century but it’s now the perfect place for a quiet family day. Take a stroll and then warm up by the fire in a country pub.

The Seaside, Eastbourne

A day at the seaside may seem a little odd, but Eastbourne’s coast has a lot to offer during the winter months. Eastbourne’s seaside has a rich Victorian past and is great day out if your kids have an interest in history. Find the engraved plaques that bear the names of Charles Dickens and other famous authors, stroll along the harbour and pier, and rest your feet in a Victorian tea room.

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