‘I felt like I was not go­ing to sur­vive. I thought if I didn’t have the abor­tion, the preg­nancy could kill me’


Sunday Sun - - News - By Chris Knight Re­porter christo­pher.knight@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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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