25/06/2010 11:44 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Mum Admits 'I Aborted Healthy Baby To End Morning Sickness'

A mother has admitted that she aborted her healthy baby because she couldn't deal with her severe morning sickness any longer.

Cheryl Harrison suffered vomiting up to 40 times a day for more than seven months during her first pregnancy, but finally delivered a little baby girl. However, when she conceived again the condition worsened, and nine weeks later she made the difficult decision to end her pregnancy.

During the seventh week of her pregnancy, Cheryl was virtually paralysed by the condition, which led to her blood pressure soaring. This caused considerable strain on her heart and prevented her from looking after her daughter, Scarlett (now five)

Cheryl had even reached the point of praying for a miscarriage, in order to put a stop to it all.

The abortion took place in February 2008, and she has since made the decision to tell her story in order to help other women facing the same situation.

Cheryl was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, which affects 1% of the female population. Cheryl claims though that she didn't receive any counselling to cope, and feels let down by NHS medical services.
Cheryl said "I was vomiting morning, noon and night for my entire pregnancy and my mouth watered 24 hours a day."

"I was extremely depressed. I had a good job, a career that I loved, but I couldn't even stand up. There was no way I could work.

The decision was a difficult one for the couple, and they still think about the unborn baby every day.

Source: The Sun