The Hyperemesis Files

The Hyperemesis Files

A podcast all about the severe pregnancy condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Each week women who are currently suffering with, or who have survived Hyperemesis will tell their stories to HG Campaigner and Presenter Charlotte Howden. Some weeks we will also feature experts from the HG research community and charity sector.

Episodes

March 24, 2021 82 min

This is the last episode of Series 3 and the last ever episode of the Hyperemesis Files Podcast (although I never say never). On today's show I am joined by Rowan. Rowan is 25 and lives in Lancashire with her husband Alex and her 18 month old daughter Olia Daisy.

Rowan is an exceptional guest speaker and details her journey with such elegance and openness. 

Together we discuss her initial thoughts about her sickness, from "I ...

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On this week's show I am joined by Jess who lives in Canberra in Australia. Jess has suffered from two Hyperemesis pregnancies with her sons. She left 5 years between the two as it took her that long to mentally prepare for another pregnancy.

Her story is a great listen if you are thinking about having a second and want tips and advice on how to prepare.

What isn't so great is how much she suffered with her first with ineffec...
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March 9, 2021 48 min

On this week's podcast I am joined by Danika. Danika is a mother of one from Somerset in the UK. Danika's story is really telling of just how bad the treatment of HG women in certain areas/hospitals/post codes in the UK can be!

Her treatment ranged from being told they were going to check her for alcohol and drugs to make sure that is why she wasn't being sick to being left in A&E for hours to being admitted to the F...

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March 3, 2021 39 min

On this week's podcast I am joined by Jeenie, a mother of three from Canada. Jeenie is the CEO and Head Trainer of KeepFit Women a fitness and health brand. 

In our chat we spoke predominantly about her third pregnancy (her first two being milder versions of the severe Hyperemesis she would go on to endure) and how she battled with her own identity.

Whilst Jeenie's care was over all really very good, this didn't detract f...

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February 25, 2021 46 min

On this weeks podcast is Danea. A mother of two from California, USA. 

Her two Hyperemesis experiences were 11 years apart, and her second pregnancy was a complete surprise after failed IVF attempts with her new husband. Whilst they both had children from a previous relationship they were desperate to have a child together.

Danea's second pregnancy took place right at the height of the Global Pandemic, and whilst she remembers be...

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February 17, 2021 27 min

This week I am joined by Sophie, a young mum of one from the North of England.

Sophie tells us about her first and possibly last experience with Hyperemesis in particular focusing on having HG during a global pandemic.

Possibly due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Sophie's HG journey to treatment and care was fraught with dismissals, being shipped off to A&E multiple times and being past pillar to post.

Sophie credits both her Mo...

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February 10, 2021 43 min

This week I am joined by Megan who is currently living in Australia and has suffered with Hyperemesis twice with both her pregnancies.  Originally from America Megan has experienced pregnancies in both countries,

Megan's symptoms were horrendous and at one point went in to early kidney failure and was told at one point that if she went home from hospital she might suffer a cardiac arrest.

Megan's pregnancies were very close t...

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February 3, 2021 51 min

In this Series of the Hyperemesis Files we are going to be concentrating on different viewpoints and aspects of the Hyperemesis journey.

In Episode 1 I am joined by Michelle who is the founder of Fat and Pregnant. Michelle and I go through her 5 pregnancies, her first being when she was just 16 and her last in July 2020.

How different were her pregnancies? Did she suffer with Hyperemesis during all of them and how were her pregnancie...

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December 9, 2020 63 min

This week my guest is a mother of two daughters. She has had four Hyperemesis pregnancies two of which ended with a termination.

As my final guest of 2020, I am honoured that she has decided to share her story with me and the rest of the Hyperemesis community, especially as we all know that termination is still a subject that is taboo.

Please do listen to this episode to learn more about why Hyperemesis sufferers sometimes have to ma...

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December 2, 2020 48 min

This week my guest is Lara, a mother of two who works as an art psychotherapist in a hospice. Lara's story is very complex and raises lots of important issues.

Her first pregnancy was a typical "HG pregnancy", not being told about medication, being offered it but then being told not to take it and being dismissed by health professionals and maternity workers.

We speak about how she managed to block out her first pregnancy...

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November 24, 2020 65 min

This week on the Hyperemesis Files Podcast I chat to Camilla, a mum of one from London. Camilla saw more GPs, Consultants and Obstetricians than she could remember, desperately searching for an answer to her pain and suffering.

What is interesting about Camilla's story is that she sought help from Private Health Care professionals and hospitals but sadly the outcome was always the same "this was just morning sickness." 

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November 18, 2020 50 min

This week I talk to Kimberly, mom to a daughter who live in Dallas, Texas. Kimberly suffered with one of the worst Hyperemesis cases her doctors had ever seen. So much so, she has decided to not have anymore children, something her husband supports as he cannot see her suffer again.

Kimberly lost a huge amount of weight over 25lbs and was in the terrible position of not wanting to be admitted into hospital, but if she lost just 1lb ...

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November 11, 2020 60 min

This week on the Hyperemesis Files podcast you are in for a treat. This weeks guest is Kay, a mum of 2 boys who made a change in her career from an Oncology Nurse to a Sister on an Early Pregnancy Unit after suffering with Hyperemesis in both her pregnancies. She now manages a day unit for Hyperemesis sufferers within that unit and is constantly looking at new ways to grow the unit and help more women.

Kay talks us through both her ...

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November 4, 2020 63 min

This week I speak with Alethiea, a mother of two from the UK. Alethiea suffered with 3 Hyperemesis pregnancies and has two children.

In this episode we talk about her history with Hyperemesis (her mother wasn't diagnosed with HG, but we do this for her!) and the reason why she is an only child.

We walk through each of her HG pregnancies and talk about her 2nd pregnancy which sadly ended when she suffered a miscarriage, and how cr...

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October 28, 2020 54 min

As series 2 continues, I want to explore deeper in to women's stories with hyperemesis. As a community we have to create a safe space for everyone to share. This week Victoria talks to me about her two hyperemesis pregnancies and how the result of not being informed about taking medication in pregnancy, she refused both times and continued her pregnancies without any.

Victoria talks about alternatives to medication to help manag...

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October 21, 2020 45 min

On Episode 2 - Series 2 of the Hyperemesis Files podcast I am joined by Stefanie, a mum of one from London. Stefanie and I walk through her journey with Hyperemesis which began almost immediately. At 5 weeks pregnant she was already admitted to hospital and her journey continued with numerous hospital admissions, the longest being 8 days.

We also talk about her mental health referral at 12 weeks pregnant, and how she had to join a U...

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October 14, 2020 63 min

The Hyperemesis Files podcast is back for series 2. This week I am joined by Jyoti who is a mum of one from London and the co-host of her own podcast the Native Immigrants.

Jyoti and I talk through her HG journey both physical and mental, with more emphasis in this episode on the mental health journey for an HG sufferer.

Jyoti and I also speak very openly about our decision to not have any more children and the grief we have experien...

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October 7, 2020 38 min

This is a bonus episode of the Hyperemesis Files Podcast. I was lucky enough to interview for social media the wonderful Michelle Nicholson MBACP (Snr Accred) BACP Registered and Senior Accredited Counsellor. Michelle us the only HG Counsellor in the UK and offers specialist counselling support by telephone to anyone living with or recovering from pregnancy sickness. This episode is the audio file from the social media video interv...

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September 30, 2020 35 min

The final episode in Series 1 of the Hyperemesis Files Podcast (although there is a cheeky bonus one next week) A podcast presented by Hyperemesis Campaigner Charlotte Howden. Each episode Charlotte talks to HG survivors about their personal story with Hyperemesis. In this episode, Charlotte talks to Ashleigh, a mum of 2 from the US. Ashleigh has had a really tough time of it. Not only did she suffer with infertility problems, a ca...

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September 23, 2020 36 min

 This is the eighth episode of the Hyperemesis Files. A podcast presented by Hyperemesis Campaigner Charlotte Howden. Each episode Charlotte talks to HG survivors about their personal story with Hyperemesis. In this episode, Charlotte talks to Danielle, a mum of 2 from the UK. Danielle works as an employment solicitor and is part of the legal team for the Pregnant Then Screwed Charity. She has set up legal clinics along the North W...

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