A MUM lost nearly half her body weight while she was pregnant – after extreme ‘morning sickness’ made her vomit more than 50 times a DAY.
Michelle Stevens, 33, went down six dress sizes and lost 7st 10lb during a horror pregnancy with son Ollie.
Michelle Stevens weighed 17st 3lb before her pregnancy[/caption]
She suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum – the same brutal pregnancy sickness experienced by the Duchess of Cambridge.
Constant nausea from just four weeks in was so debilitating she even considered terminating the much-wanted pregnancy.
She could barely eat or drink for nine months, and was hospitalised countless times as she dropped from 17st 3lb to 9st 7lb – all while pregnant.
Doctors told her it was the worst case of the condition they’d ever seen – but Michelle said it was all worth it for adorable Ollie.
Michelle had to be hooked up to an IV during her pregnancy[/caption]
The mum was sick up to 50 times a day with her youngest[/caption]
The mum-of-three from Saltdean, Brighton, said: “Sickness was the first indication I was pregnant, at just four weeks – but it just got worse and worse and I would be sick more than 50 times a day.
“I was in and out of hospital constantly being hooked up to IV drips and feeding tubes because I was so malnourished and dehydrated.
“The nausea was so bad that I contemplated terminating the pregnancy at points, and I hardly noticed the weight coming off because I was so ill.
“I was over the moon to finally have Ollie and we adore him – although my pregnancy was absolutely horrific and I’d have given anything to be able to eat normally, even if it meant staying large.
The mum lost a dramatic amount of weigh during her pregnancy[/caption]
Michelle says she would have given anything to eat normally during her pregnancy[/caption]
“I still have stomach problems now – I had wanted to lose a bit of weight before I got pregnant but this was certainly not what I had in mind.”
Michelle, mum to Joshua, 11, and Sarah, 13, ended up in A&E at five weeks pregnant – just a week after her positive test – thanks to constant nausea and vomiting.
Unable to eat or drink, doctors at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, grew concerned at how weak and dehydrated she was becoming.
The nausea was so bad that I contemplated terminating the pregnancy.
The healthcare assistant experienced non-stop nausea and was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), and prescribed a cocktail of medication.
But they barely works and she spent weeks at a time in hospital on IV fluids to keep her hydrated, with a feeding tube up her nose.
Dangerously weak, she had a tube delivering nutrients directly into her veins, and had to have two IV bags of fluid a day.
Soon her size 22 clothes were hanging off her size 10 frame.
Baby Ollie was rushed to NICU with a collapsed lung[/caption]
The couple are relieved to now have a happy and healthy baby[/caption]
Ollie was born via a C-Section[/caption]
Michelle, who would vomit more than fifty times a day, said “The sickness went on for the whole pregnancy and it just seemed to get worse and worse.
“The doctors told me it was one of the worst cases of HG they’d ever seen. I was in and out of hospital constantly and I was crying literally every day.
“It was a very dark time for me.”
She considered a termination, but stuck it out due to guilt, and for the sake of her IT consultant husband Gavin, 39, and the kids.
I was in and out of hospital constantly being hooked up to IV drips and feeding tubes because I was so malnourished and dehydrated.
Finally Ollie was born by caesarean section on June 4 2020.The tot was rushed to NICU with a collapsed lung as a result of the traumatic pregnancy and she went to ICU for monitoring and further treatment.
But luckily, both mum and baby were able to come home ten days later.
Michelle has been left with an undiagnosed stomach condition which means she can’t gain weight and eating is painful.
Michelle says it was all worth it for Ollie[/caption]
Michelle has been left with an undiagnosed stomach condition[/caption]
She added: “I have a dietician who is looking for answers, but even now I’ve had Ollie it’s incredibly painful to eat.
“I wanted to lose weight before I was pregnant, but now I’m actually smaller than I ever wanted to be.”
Despite her “pregnancy from hell” she said the main thing is Ollie is happy and healthy.
She said: “I had HG with my earlier pregnancies but I never realised how severe it could get – this was like nothing I’ve experienced before.
“But we are so grateful to have Ollie and we adore him – that’s the most important thing.”
What is hyperemesis gravidarum?
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is much worse than the normal morning sickness experienced during pregnancy.
Unlike regular pregnancy sickness, HG may not get better by 14 weeks and for many needs hospital treatment.
Sufferers may be sick numerous times each day and be unable to keep food or drink down, which can massively impact their everyday life.
Sickness may not clear up completely until the baby is born, although some symptoms can improve at around 20 weeks.
HG is unlikely to harm your baby, but can cause you to lose weight during your pregnancy, so there is an increase in chance your baby will weigh less than expected
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