“Have You Tried Ginger?” And Other Things Not To Say To A Hyperemesis Gravidarum Sufferer


Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Buckingham Palace this week announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second baby, and that she is again suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or extreme morning sickness. If it was just the first part of that sentence, I’d say, “oh, that’s nice” and move on, but with the announcement of HG, my interest and empathy thoroughly perk up!

In her first pregnancy, I found the plethora of comments about how she just had to suck it up, how she was ‘delicate’ and other disparaging remarks quite upsetting, as someone who had suffered from the same condition but now I just look at them as signs of ignorance. Honestly people, if you haven’t suffered from HG, don’t comment on it. As simple as that. Especially not if you want to say one of these things, because there are some things that you should never say to someone who suffers from HG.

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7 thoughts on ““Have You Tried Ginger?” And Other Things Not To Say To A Hyperemesis Gravidarum Sufferer

  1. I’m always sorry to know that other people know exactly what I’m talking about on HG, but glad I wasn’t alone and it wasn’t ‘in my head’ as my first GP suggested! And YES about odors!

  2. Kristie

    I suffered from HG the worst with my first child. I thought I was going to die! I had never thrown up so much in my life and it was all day, everyday! I even changed doctors because my first was a male with the attitude of “suck it up”. I ended up loosing weight (almost 15 pounds) one month it was so bad. And I agree, the offer of help is the BEST thing anyone can do. Besides avoiding any offensive odors!

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