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    How did pregnancy change you?

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    Surviving Hyperemesis Gravidarum

    Having suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum like the Duchess, pregnancy was at once one of the hardest things I have ever lived through and one of the most rewarding. The first weeks were so tough, filled with extreme morning sickness and fatigue. I had to have IV fluids and was eventually placed on medication that stabilized me around 25 weeks of pregnancy. My picture is from when I was 30 weeks into my 42 week pregnancy. You can see the relief and happiness on my face. I learned that I was strong, and that I could advocate for myself and for my child, even when told that my sickness was ‘all in my head’ or that it was normal and I should get over it. Pregnancy made me treasure the baby that was my partner during those long, dark hours. Now, 2.5 years later, my daughter is the greatest joy of my life, a challenge and reward that I would never have known without my pregnancy.
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