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Two Cornish mums raise awareness of debilitating pregnancy condition

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:02am 17th April 2019.

Two mums from Cornwall are taking on a dangerous Canadian mountain trek - to raise money for women suffering from a debilitating pregnancy condition.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum causes extreme pregnancy sickness, malnutrition and dehydration.

The Duchess of Cambridge suffered from it and it affects thousands in the Duchy each year.

Now Caitlin Dean and Lorraine Wright are looking to complete the Long-Range Traverse in Canada's remote Newfoundland.

The trek which will see the women scaling rugged mountains, crossing bogs and marshes and camping wild on the snowy ground while bears emerge from hibernation.

The pair will be raising money for locally based charity Pregnancy Sickness Support which provides information and support for women with HG.

Caitlin Dean and Lorraine pregnancy sickness support
Caitlin and Lorraine are raising money for women suffering from a debilitating pregnancy condition

"Right now the challenge ahead of us in Newfoundland feels almost overwhelming but having survived HG myself three times I know that I can get through anything.

"It's our hope that by doing this challenge we can highlight just how hard an HG pregnancy is for the women suffering.

"It's not like normal pregnancy sickness which is over by 14 weeks for 80% of sufferers.

"HG goes on and on and on for months - It's a real endurance test."

Caitlin Dean, HG survivor and chairperson for the charity

Signs and symptoms of HG:

  • Prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting – some women report being sick up to 50 times a day
  • Dehydration - not having enough fluids in your body because you can't keep drinks down; if you're drinking less than 500ml a day, you need to seek help
  • Ketosis - a serious condition that results in the build-up of acidic chemicals in the blood and urine; ketones are produced when your body breaks down fat, rather than glucose, for energy
  • Weight loss
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension) when standing

Source: NHS Choices

Pregnancy Sickness Support offers these as top tips to coping with it:

  • Rest 
  • Avoid nausea triggers
  • Avoid dehydration
  • Take each day at a time
  • Join a support network

You can read more tips on Caitlin's blog, Spewing Mummy, or watch more advice on how to cope with extreme pregnancy sickness...

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