It is difficult to maintain a smile when you spend days hugging the porcelain bowl, puking your guts out. That is how life was during my pregnancy. I had a severe case of the rare Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) condition which was diagnosed at 6 weeks, meaning that I would have all day vomiting, nausea and hyper-salivation, until late into the third trimester.
There is the normal morning sickness which about 70 per cent of women go through, then there is the torturous HG which only about 1 to 2 per cent of pregnant women are afflicted with. Unfortunately, I happened (together with the Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge) to fall into this minority.
I spent days curled up in bed sick. If I wasn’t crying, I would probably be lying on the bathroom floor throwing up violently. I willed myself to die.