“Listening to other women talk about their experiences with Hyperemesis has helped me to know that I am not alone.”
The Hyperemesis Files podcast is an invaluable resource for women who are struggling with HG. The H Files podcast is now in it’s third series with nearly 30 hours of Hyperemesis content!
Now I know that 30 hours of talking about Hyperemesis might be a non-sufferers idea of hell, but for sufferers and survivors it is an opportunity to learn from other women about their journey through Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
So who am I and why did I start the Hyperemesis Files Podcast? My name is Charlotte Howden and I am the presenter and the co-producer of the world’s first documentary about Hyperemesis. Sick – The Battle Against HG is now available to watch on Prime Video, in the UK, US, Japan and Germany! For other countries you can watch it on Vimeo.
The Hyperemesis Files podcast acts as a continuation of the discussions and treatments for women with Hyperemesis giving them a platform to share their stories and take back the narrative around their pregnancies.
I am so lucky to have been able to produce three series of the podcast and help women to work through what they are going through when it comes to this debilitating and horrendous condition.
So – if you don’t know what Hyperemesis is but have found your way to my blog – Hyperemesis Gravidarum (often referred to as HG) is a severe form of pregnancy sickness that affects 1-2% of the pregnant population in the UK every year. Statistics vary from country to country as low as 0.3 in some to 15% in others!
It is classified as a rare disease, but the reality is that it is a condition that is often misunderstood and dismissed as usual pregnancy sickness. Some women might not experience any actual vomiting (known as dry HG or vomitless Hyperemesis) but the constant and debilitating nausea is enough by itself to damage a woman both physically and mentally.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum treatments vary from country to country with different medications under different brand names, but essentially they are all anti-sickness medications or medications that can help with sickness and nausea.
Many women with Hyperemesis struggle to know when is the right time to ask for help, when I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum when do I go to the hospital? What are the symptoms of Hyperemesis and so many more questions are left unanswered as we rely on medical professionals to guide us. But many don’t.
Other Hyperemesis Gravidarum treatments include re-hydration via IV fluids in hospital and help with managing nutrition and continued fluid in takes.
If you still want to know more about this condition then I highly recommend that you watch Sick – The Battle Against HG here.
So back to the podcast – if you are suffering I know too well how difficult it is and how isolating it can be with Hyperemesis. Watching anything on TV or even your phone can trigger Hyperemesis symptoms, but I did find that I could listen to audio books or meditation music. This is how I came up with the Hyperemesis Files podcast, to give women something that can listen to so that they don’t feel so alone, but also so they can find out more about this condition.
Please do listen to the podcast – it is a great resource and might give you the strength you need through other womens battle with Hyperemesis to advocate for yourself, ask different questions and find new routes to getting help – as I know too well how hard it can be to get the treatment and support you need when you are constantly dismissed.
Even if you have had a positive experience with your medical professionals – listening to other women has an incredible healing effect.
Listen to the Hyperemesis Files podcast here.
For more support and to learn more about the Hyperemesis documentary Sick – The Battle Against HG please visit www.thesickfilm.co.uk