‘I felt like I was not going to survive. I thought if I didn’t have the abortion, the pregnancy could kill me’
MUM RELIVES AGONY OF DEBILITATING MORNING SICKNESS
CRADLING her newborn baby, a new mum has bravely spoken out over her nightmare pregnancy which almost led her to abortion.
Amy and Alexander Armstrong were “over the moon” when they were told in September last year they were expecting their first child.
But their delight disappeared within weeks when Amy was left bed-ridden by a rare illness which left her vomiting up to 80 times a day.
The expectant mum was struck down with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) – the same condition which has plagued all three of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancies. Now, four months on from daughter Luna’s birth, Amy has opened up about an ordeal which is every parent’s nightmare – as her sickness led her to seriously consider terminating the pregnancy.
She said: “The nausea kicked in from three weeks onwards, and I first started vomiting from four weeks. By eight weeks, I was bedridden and vomiting about 80 times a day.
“It was isolating and really violent vomiting, I was throwing up blood. It was so violent I was worried I was going to crush the baby while I was wretching – I went to each scan terrified.
“Finding out I was pregnant was the best news I ever received, but eight weeks down the line I was considering an abortion. I felt there was no other way out, I felt like I was not going to survive. I thought if I didn’t have the abortion, the pregnancy could kill me.”
Husband Alexander became Amy’s carer, helping his wife to wash and clear her sick bowls throughout the night at their home in Spennynymoor, County Durham.
Amy’s first visit to the doctor sawaw her concerns dismissed as commonon nausea and sickness, words she saidaid “felt like a death sentence”.
It was only when she was taken to University Hospital of North Dururham after 10 weeks when she firstrst became aware of the rare condition. n.
A family friend put Amy in touchch with charity Pregnancy Sicknessss Support, who talked her through thehe the condition and advised her onn medication. Amy, 32, said: “Afterer that I saw a different doctor and, thankfully, the medical care I got was really good.
“On my good days, I would now vomit between five and 10 times, and those days would be two to three times a week.
“But on my bad days it was absolutely horrific, and I would need to be admitted to hospital.” After 38 weeks of torture, baby Luna was induced, and safely delivered on May 12, weighing a healthy 6lbs 6oz.
While Amy’s daughter came out of the ordeal unscathed, the new mum still bears emotional scars from the exhausting and traumatic ordeal.
The 32-year-old suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and has to set reminders on her phone to eat and drink as she no longer feels hunger or thirst. Amy ad admits her experience left her “broken”, but more appreciative of her new daughter.
She added: “I love motherhood – it’s the best thing in the world.
“I don’t mind the sleepl less nights – I’m just glad s she’s here.”
Hyperemesis gravidarum is an extremely rare condition which is estim mated to affect almost fo four of every 1,000 pregn nant women.
Only four months on fr from the birth, keen runn ner Amy is fundraising for Pr Pregnancy Sickness Suppo port by taking on the Great N North Run today.
By opening her heart to Th The Sunday Sun, she ho hopes her story will raise aw awareness of the debilitating illness and encourage mo more women to have the co confidence to seek help.
A Amy said: “If I had not fou found out about the charity ity, I probably would have gon gone through with an abo abortion.
““I don’t think the condition is fully understood, and d people assume it’s still just morning sickness.
“Women are scared to say they are not enjoying their pregnancies.
“If somehow I can make people aware by telling my story, I hope they’ll know they can get help for it.”
To find out more about Amy’s story and donate to her page, visitvirginmoneygiving.com and search for Amy Armstrong
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