The Sick Film is a short film production by presenter Charlotte Howden and Good Guys Production.
Charlotte suffered with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), which is severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy in 2015, with her son Henry, who is now 3.
It has taken her those 3 years to recover both physically and mentally from the condition. She now wants to raise awareness of the condition, and in particular move for change to the way women are treated, supported and medicated through the condition.
The Sick Film explores the reality of living with HG, far from royal glamour the disease takes over a woman’s body both physically and mentally, at what should be the happiest time of her life.
“I had HG the whole way through and when I went to be induced, because I was 5 days over, the Doctor said that HG isn’t real and doesn’t exist. A male Doctor I might add.”Abbie Karrington
“One midwife said to me part way through my first HG pregnancy “Of course in my Grandmothers day you would be dead”Libby Coldwell
“I asked for a repeat prescription of Ondansetron (Zofran) and the consultant I saw was very reluctant to prescribe it and eventually said “God forgive me” and then made praying hands as he handed it over. It had taken me everything to make it to that appointment. The guilt was unbearable.”Hannah Kent
“I had a Dr on duty when I was in hospital on a feeding tube, cut my 2 bags of fluids that my consultant had instructed for me, without even checking on me before. Even the midwives were in tears as they couldn’t help me. She refused to come and see me and when that evening the other Dr came, he was really rude saying “tough” to me, when I said that I hadn’t been able to keep any fluids down all day. It was an awful 24 hours and my consultant was furious when she returned the next day. Overall the care I received from the doctors was amazing, but those 2 doctors were atrocious.”Alison Hudson