I have a beautiful friend who is peaceful about most things. When I called a few years ago to tell her about my studies to become a doula, she got more heated than I’ve ever known her to be. She IMPLORED me to “if I did nothing else” spread the word about something that happened to her when she was pregnant. It was terrifying because not only was it severe, but no one seemed to know about it.
Her story scared me. Her story broke my heart. Her story made me ever grateful that she and her beautiful babies came out the other side. Her story pissed me off because how, oh, how can no one know about this?? But as much as I wanted to tell it, scream it from the rooftops, I didn’t know how to do it properly. So, I stayed quiet too long. Today, I read a story from another woman who has suffered the same way as my friend. Her story needs to be heard. Both of theirs do.
Hyperemisis Gravidarum – HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the newborn(s). – HelpHer.org
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