You could say it’s been a while! In June last year my world was turned upside down when I turned out pregnant. It was happy and anticipated news, which soon was slightly overshadowed by an unwelcome pregnancy condition which caused me to have “morning sickness” 24/7 for the duration of 8 months. But finally, after a more than troublesome labour and another 6 weeks of recovery, I start feeling more like myself again. In fact, I’ve never felt so complete my whole life!
As mentioned in my Wellness Update in September 2016, it wasn’t long until I found out I had a pregnancy condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. “Hyper-what-now?” When my doctor told me, that was exactly my response. But believe me: When you’re among the unlucky 1,5% who catch a form of this illness, you’ll be an expert in no time. Being floored by crippling sickness leaves you little to do than Google your symptoms (or in my case, find solitude with other unlucky women in a designated HG Facebook Support Group). Working and thus blogging simply wasn’t an option.
At least it gave me room to think. Think about how my life would be with a baby, a little human being me and my partner made and are planning to raise with all our love and dedication. Now she’s finally here, we couldn’t be happier. Times have been rough (because like all bad luck, it all arrives at once and rarely alone), but our baby daughter is the light of our life. The fact that it took a long period of troublesome pregnancy, a stretched and painful period of labour and – in the end, an emergency c-section to finally welcome her in our arms, is a sacrifice I would make again and again, without hesitation. Simply to call her our own, and to have her with us. She completes us, and we’re proud to call us her parents.
It took me a while to decide, and after that type up my story. I wanted to share tips to keep your head together with such a crippling illness, and I also wanted to draw some attention to the matter of HG itself. It resulted in this article, “Staying positive when you are sick, my story about Hyperemesis Gravidarum or HG“. I hope it brings those who are interested some clarity about my absence over the last year.
Now with the risk of getting overly poetical (OK OK, damage already done) I feel more motivated than ever to pick up my life again. Currently I am a mix between a stay-at-home mom and a freelance wiz who picks up the odd job or helps out where needed. But in the meanwhile, I’ve been finding some time during those afternoon naps to type out some articles, and work out some ideas. Regular readers might be relieved to hear I have several drafts at the ready, waiting to receive some TLC!
Hope you’ll have a lovely day!