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‘Hyperemesis Gravidarum is the thief of joy. It takes away every positive experience you hope for in pregnancy’

Far more than just ‘extreme morning sickness’, Hyperemesis Gravidarum can have a physical, emotional and financial impact both during pregnancy and beyond. Three women share their experiences and ask Stephen Donnelly to fulfil his promise to make the medication available to treat HG on the medical card and drugs payment scheme

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Journalist Cara Doyle was hospitalised with Hyperemesis and showed signs of starvation. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Journalist Cara Doyle was hospitalised with Hyperemesis and showed signs of starvation. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Cara Doyle at home with her son Arthur (5 months). Photo: Steve Humphreys

Cara Doyle at home with her son Arthur (5 months). Photo: Steve Humphreys

Cara Doyle with baby Arthur. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Cara Doyle with baby Arthur. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Janine and Milo Breslin. Photo Mark Condren

Janine and Milo Breslin. Photo Mark Condren

Nicola Awford who had Hypermesis Gravidarum during both pregnancies at home in Deansgrange Dublin with her daughters Nina (7) and Ivy (4) Hogan and their dog 'Cookie'. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Nicola Awford who had Hypermesis Gravidarum during both pregnancies at home in Deansgrange Dublin with her daughters Nina (7) and Ivy (4) Hogan and their dog 'Cookie'. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Janine and Milo Breslin

Janine and Milo Breslin

Nicola Awford who had Hypermesis Gravidarum during both pregnancies at home in Deansgrange Dublin with her daughters Nina (7) and Ivy (4) Hogan.

Nicola Awford who had Hypermesis Gravidarum during both pregnancies at home in Deansgrange Dublin with her daughters Nina (7) and Ivy (4) Hogan.

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Journalist Cara Doyle was hospitalised with Hyperemesis and showed signs of starvation. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Hyperemesis Gravidarum or HG is a complication of pregnancy in which sufferers experience extreme levels of nausea and vomiting. In rare cases, it can be life-threatening. The cost of medication needed to treat Hyperemesis can also lead to significant financial hardship for those who need it.

Here, journalist Cara Doyle shares her and other women’s experiences of living with HG. They, along with Hyperemesis Ireland, call on the Minister of Health to deliver on his promise and make this much-needed medication available on the medical card and the Drugs Payment Scheme before the Dáil rises on July 14.

Cara Doyle — ‘Every part of my body felt nauseous. I was getting sick up to twenty times a day’


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