“Finding out I was pregnant was so dam exciting! But that excitement was short lived when the morning sickness quickly kicked in at week 6-7 and it’s been a roller coaster of a ride ever since.
I know everyone’s experience is completely different and majority of women have really enjoyable pregnancies, but unfortunately thats not always the case for everyone.
My morning sickness quickly turned in to Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is more severe.
My symptoms included persistent vomiting, severe nausea, loss of appetite, feeling faint and dizzy, fatigue, anxiety the list goes on. It felt like the worst hang over imaginable/food poisoning and I was bed ridden with my head in a bucket for months because of it. Every day I thought I could not do one more day of this.
The hardest part was feeling incredibly alone as I had never heard of a lot of the pregnancy side effects I was having and seeing how glorified pregnancy can be on social media I was wondering why I was the only person struggling?
Once the Hyperemesis Gravidarum stopped around weeks 18-20, I really started to struggle with energy, breathlessness, feeling dizzy, faint, emotional, extreme fatigue. This turned out to be due to my Iron levels dropping dramatically, which resulted in an iron deficiency. For another 12 weeks I really struggled with my iron even after an iron infusion and taking iron supplements, my baby was just sucking the life out of me.
On top of all of this my body was constantly changing in all kinds of crazy ways, due to the changes in hormones but again it was things I was unaware of. Everyone talks about how hard birth is, but pregnancy is 9+ months of constant changes and I just couldn’t help but wonder why does no one talk about how hard pregnancy can really be?! If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s definitely not to compare my pregnancy to anyone else’s because we all have different experiences. If you are struggling, just know you are not alone ❤️ •”
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