A Grantham woman who has twice suffered from the same condition as the Duchess of Cambridge has spoken out about the impact that the royal pregnancy will have on the lives of those who suffer from this under-recognised, serious and debilitating ailment.
Jayne Newton, 30, lives with her husband Philip and their two daughters, April, three, and Esmé, 16 weeks, in Grantham. She suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum from six and five weeks respectively until the end of her pregnancy on both occasions.
Both Jayne and her husband volunteer at Pregnancy Sickness Support, a charity dedicated to providing pregnant women that are suffering from any amount of nausea or vomiting with emotional support, information and comfort.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum affects around 1.5 per cent of pregnancies, and is at the most severe end of pregnancy sickness with sufferers vomiting from anything between five to 100 times in a day. It can affect women throughout their pregnancy.
She came across the charity online as she was looking for information about her condition.
Jayne said: “They were much smaller at that time, but they were a big support. Talking to other people that have been through the same thing is so vital.”
The trust provide support in the form of regional support networks, which aim to tackle the sense of isolation that many feel when suffering from nausea or vomiting during pregnancy.
Jayne says that it is “frustrating” to hear the media refer to it as “morning sickness” as she believes that it trivialises a very serious and distressing condition.
She added: “Mentally, it takes a massive toll.”
On the other hand, the charity has been inundated with media enquiries since the news broke of the Duchess’ condition. Jayne hopes that this increase in awareness will result in people taking the condition more seriously:
She said: “For the normal woman, it can be quite a battle to get the right treatment,” adding that she hopes that the raised awareness via the media coverage will bring with it funding and support for research into the causes and cures for Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
For more information, or if you would like to become involved with the charity, of which Philip is now a trustee, go to www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk