I struggled with PTSD and Postpartum Anxiety following my first HG pregnancy, and it took years of therapy and communicating with other HG survivors to find the courage and resources–like the HER Foundation–to try for a second. My second HG pregnancy was much worse; I was vomiting at 4 weeks and admitted to the hospital by 8 weeks. I struggled with the guilt of not being able to be the “super mom” that I pride myself on but quickly recognized that I needed to give myself a break because my body and mental health were at risk.
My now 4-year-old son, Hendrix, showed so much empathy and would hand feed me on days that I could keep food down. My husband, Scott, showed so much strength. He took over as the sole caregiver, made sure I received the best care possible during my many trips to the hospital, wrote letters to insurance on my behalf when my drugs were being denied, and spoke up for me when I felt like I had no voice.
Our story has a happy ending, and we are grateful for our beautiful daughter, Zuriah, now 7 months. She is a light in all of our lives and a true princess warrior. Without HER, we wouldn’t have found doctors, medical research, and life-long friends. That is why we as a family, make it our mission to spread HG awareness and garner more support for the HER Foundation.
The Hyperemesis Sisterhood community I founded on Instagram two years ago has taken on a life of its own, something that I could never have imagined. Instead of finding a handful of people to just simply talk to, it has grown into thousands, and women are supporting each other (and their partners!) through every step of HG.
We are all so lucky to have each other.
I am HER! You are HER! We are HER!
Believe in HER!
Together, we are changing
the future for the next generation!
What is HG? HG is hyperemesis gravidarum: a potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease that causes chronic malnutrition, dehydration, and debility due to severe nausea and vomiting, and may cause long-term health issues for mom/baby.