Mother left close to death after vomiting 90 times a day during her pregnancy

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A mother has revealed how her heartbreaking pregnancy nearly drove her to abortion after vomiting 90 times a day.
Carys Grant, 23, was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum – the same condition that saw the Duchess of Cambridge hospitalised while expecting Prince George.
Unable to eat for seven months, her life was put at risk after she plummeted from 13st 8lbs to just 7st while being in hospital.
At one point medics had even ran out of sick bowls to give her, forcing them to place an emergency order.
Concerned doctors often told her family that she would be unlikely to survive the devastating illness.
However, she managed to pull through the little-known condition and being fed through a tube to give birth to her son Ieuan, now two.
But the horrific ordeal, which left her depressed, has left her unwilling to have any more children because she doesn’t want to ‘risk it again’.
Miss Grant, from Cardiff, said: ‘At my worst I was being sick 80 to 90 times a day. One time the hospital run out of sick bowls and had to do an emergency order.
‘My whole life changed. I couldn’t do anything. I felt close to death. When I wasn’t sleeping I was being sick.
‘I was in and out of hospital because I had no fluid intake. I would be discharged and then 12 hours later I would be back in. It was very isolating.
‘I had a drip in my neck. My hair was falling out. I had kidney failure during the pregnancy and I had to have my gall bladder removed afterwards.
‘It’s very raw, but I was ready to terminate the pregnancy. I was so weak I couldn’t speak but wrote it down on a paper “I need this baby out”.
‘I can’t remember my pregnancy at all because of the medicines. I was in and out of it the whole eight months. It’s just a blank, I don’t even remember the first time the baby kicked.’
Around 10,000 women a year in the UK are affected by the debilitating hyperemesis gravidarum.
It is far more severe than ordinary morning sickness and some women are left bedbound or need to be admitted to hospital due to extreme dehydration
Symptoms normally occur in the first three months of pregnancy but some women experience them throughout their full term.
One explanation for it is that it is a severe reaction to a hormone released in early pregnancy called beta human chorionic gonadotropin.
The Duchess, 35, cancelled engagements as she battled the condition. And in 2012, while expecting, she was admitted to hospital when it left her severely dehydrated.
Miss Grant met her partner, Stephen James, through friends nine years ago. They conceived in March 2014.
However, by the fifth week, the sickness was so bad, she was unable to do anything and was forced to leave her job as a carer assistant.
Initially her condition baffled doctors and it wasn’t until her 12 week scan that she was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum.
Mr James said: ‘It was so hard to see the person I love so vulnerable and unable to do anything for herself and lying so helplessly in a hospital bed.

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