The announcement of the third Royal baby had everyone excited for the newest addition to the British Monarchy. However, when Kensington Palace added that the Duchess of Cambridge was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, like she had in her first two pregnancies and forcing her to pull out of public commitments, many questioned the severity of the condition.
Some automatically assumed it was a form of morning sickness and was not that serious which led other women diagnosed with the condition speaking out about the awful effects it causes.
New Jersey mom, Kellyanne Mulrain struggled with the condition two years ago when she was pregnant with her son Randy and she said the entire pregnancy was “the scariest 39 weeks of [her] life.” She continued in explaining “It was severe, it was scary and I felt really alone, there were days and nights I legit thought I was going to die.”
Mulrain first discovered she had the condition when she was taken to the emergency room 10-weeks into her pregnancy. While the expecting mother thought it was just symptoms of dehydration, experiencing light-headedness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, malnutrition, dehydration and weight loss, the prognosis said something different.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is a rare condition with one in 200 pregnancies affected. Kate Middleton and Kellyanne Mulrain were just two of the women struck down with the brutal side effects. Mulrain spoke of the struggle saying, “To get up out of bed, to shower and just do my daily routines around the house were extremely difficult,” she explained. “I didn’t have the energy and I was constantly not knowing if I was just going to throw up or pass out.”
She was given cancer grade anti-nausea medication that she was told to take four times a day but it did come with a risk of affecting both her and her baby, meaning that she was in a constant state of worry if they were both going to survive.
From her experiences, Mulrain went on to become a mental health advocate for post-partum depression, among other pregnancy conditions and hopes to help and educate women suffering.