A MUM who fell pregnant again just eight weeks after giving birth has told how it's "not for the weak."
Kristy Sarah, who is from the US, took to TikTok and explained how she suffered with hyperemesis gravidarum (hg) during pregnancy, which is excessive nausea and vomiting.
She then shared a video in response to one social media user who asked: "How did you get yourself to have another one [child]? I had hg with my first (and only) and I am terrified of getting pregnant again."
In the clip, the mum-of-two explains: "So I got pregnant eight weeks after giving birth.
"Let me tell you that is not for the weak."
She goes on to point out that while she "definitely" wanted two kids, she wasn't expecting it "that soon."
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"So after getting pregnant the first time, I didn't get to mentally rest from that to enter the phase all over again," Kristy says.
"On top of that, your body is nowhere close to being healed.
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"It's obviously physically hard being pregnant with hg but the emotional turmoil is insane.
"You feel guilty that you all of a sudden hate everything and you don't get to experience the joys of pregnancy.
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"It's almost like you regret there's a real baby inside of you and you just feel like you're dealing with a terminal illness."
She then goes on to talk about the impact it also had on her husband.
"It's like your partner has to all of a sudden take over his load, but also yours, because you physically can't do anything," she explains.
"He was changing my IV bags, he went from husband to nurse…
What is hyperemesis gravidarum?
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is much worse than the normal morning sickness experienced during pregnancy.
Unlike regular pregnancy sickness, HG may not get better by 14 weeks and for many needs hospital treatment.
Sufferers may be sick numerous times each day and be unable to keep food or drink down, which can massively impact their everyday life.
Sickness may not clear up completely until the baby is born, although some symptoms can improve at around 20 weeks.
HG is unlikely to harm your baby, but can cause you to lose weight during your pregnancy, so there is an increase in chance your baby will weigh less than expected.
- prolonged nausea and vomiting with some women being sick up to 50 times a day
- weight loss
- dehydration – sufferers can’t keep fluids down, if you're drinking less than 500ml a day, the NHS recommends you seek help
- ketosis – a serious condition that results in the build-up of acidic chemicals in the blood and urine
- low blood pressure (hypotension) when standing
"Let me tell you what's so weird, the second I gave birth I was back to normal immediately.
"I was able to eat again, drink water, literally as soon as the baby left my body I was good."
Kristy concludes: "Listen, once you have your baby it is 100% worth it. But I will still not be getting pregnant again."
She captioned the post: "Hardest time of my life tbh."
The post has garnered thousands of views and been flooded with comments online.
"What?!!! 8 weeks! Wow you’re a boss," praised one.
A second questioned: "8 weeks????????? 8 WEEKS??????"
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A third commented: "8 weeks after!!!!!??? girl!"
Meanwhile, a fourth penned: "8 weeks!?!!!!!! No, no, no, noooo."
Another quipped: "I would actually scream!!!!"
A further noted: "You’re so strong. Mentally and physically to go through what you went through. And it’s great that you know what you want moving forward."
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Another wrote: "It’s truly amazing what a woman’s body can endure, but also terrifying. So much respect to you!"
And one more social media user added: "I got pregnant 12 weeks later. My kids birthday is 1 week apart in the same month – not for the weak at all!"
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