Pregnancy Sickness Support charity launch new campaign
LOSTWITHIEL-BASED charity Pregnancy Sickness Support is launching its first national campaign in an effort to raise awareness of the debilitating condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).
The campaign, entitled 9 Months Of …, will see participants taking on personal challenges over a nine-month period in the hope their efforts will highlight the fact that many women suffer with severe sickness for the entire duration of their pregnancy.
The group hit the spotlight in December when Kate Middleton was rushed into hospital suffering from the crippling condition. It was a situation that began to raise the public profile and awareness of the illness and now the group hopes to push on from that with its first campaign.
Polly Amos, of Pregnancy Sickness Support, said: "There is a myth that most women only suffer with sickness until the 12-week point of their pregnancy, or week 22 at most, but the reality is that women suffering this will often experience it for the entire pregnancy.
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"If you can imagine having food poisoning for nine months then you begin to see how tough it is."
Women suffering from severe pregnancy sickness regularly find themselves trapped within a vicious circle. They will be sick 20 or 30 times a day, this leads to dehydration and, regularly, a hospital visit where the patient is rehydrated via a drip, but on return home the vomiting begins again and the circle continues.
"The aim of our new campaign is to raise further awareness of the condition and that there is support available and also to raise funds for the charity," added Mrs Amos.
During the campaign, which runs until May 15, participants will be taking on challenges such as tackling the Welsh Three Peaks, Yorkshire Three Peaks and then a combination of all six, or crocheting for at least nine minutes a day to make items for a charity eBay auction.
Caitlin Dean has suffered with the condition and is also chief officer for the charity. She and a friend will be blogging recipes, baking cakes and selling them for charity until next May.
"Compared to nine months of HG, these challenges are very achievable," she said.
"Our volunteers hope that by doing these challenges we can highlight just how hard an HG pregnancy is for the women suffering. It's not like normal pregnancy sickness which is over by 14 weeks for 80 per cent of sufferers.
"HG goes on and on and on for months – it's a real endurance test."
For more details visit www.pregnancysickness support.org.uk/get-involved/ 9-months-of