I have been pregnant twice and both times I was completely debilitated by HG. I will never intentionally fall pregnant again, because the thought of it is so completely unbearable. I couldn't justify putting my family through it, knowing the effect it would have on us all.
A year ago today I was eighteen weeks pregnant and I had contracted swine flu, though at the time nobody knew that. My mother-in-law came round and found me lying on the sofa in agony, throwing up, and feeling faint. She was frightened for me and phoned my dad.
Oh how I wish I was one of the ladies that "glow" with health and go swimming and jogging every day, filled with energy from the beauty of the new life within. But I am not. Maybe one day soon, yes, hopefully.
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