Hyperemesis Gravidarum – Crysta’s Experience


Here at Bunny Bumpkin we read with interest and sympathy of Kate Middletons extreme morning sickness. Founder of Bunny Bumpkin Crysta Burridge knows only too well that this condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not something confined to mornings only.

In this blog Crysta shares her experience of Hyperemesis Gravidarum in two pregnancies and also talks about why she decided to help with the HG charity Pregnancy Sickness Support.

Many women worry about suffering from morning sickness during pregnancy. Before becoming pregnant I knew that both my mother and sister had been hospitalised for sickness and dehydration during pregnancy, but I never really fully understood the severity of it, let alone the medical term “hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)”. I hoped that it wouldn’t happen to me and I might just get a bit of nausea, which is quite normal. Unfortunately I was one of the 1% of women who suffer sickness to the extreme. Imagine your worst hangover ever and multiply it by 100 and that is what it is like. I suffered HG on both pregnancies.

After my first pregnancy I didn’t think I could experience anything worse. However my second pregnancy told me that I was very wrong. The sickness started at about 6 weeks. It would start in the morning and continue all day and night. I would even wake up to be sick.

I soon began losing weight and worried what this was doing to my baby. The GP gave me the anti-sickness drug cyclizine, but I could not keep it down. Before long I was admitted to hospital with dehydration. (This was to be the first of six admissions).

The sight of food, even an advert on a billboard or in a magazine would make me heave. My sense of smell became hypersensitive and I could not go into the kitchen because the smell of the water made me sick. It sounds crazy and I honestly felt like I was going mad. I dreaded eating because I knew what would happen next.

At its worst my husband counted me being sick 40 times in one day. My body felt like it was shutting down on me.  I just wanted to go to bed and not get out of it until it was all over. It put an enormous strain on the family and I felt really guilty.

The only time I was not sick was when I was in hospital being fed by a drip but even this was a stressful experience. I spent hours in A&E waiting to be re-admitted after being sent home from hospital too early (because they needed the bed). After my husband practically had to carry me to the car after being discharged, he kicked up a fuss. (He had to take me back to hospital the next day.) After that I was allowed to stay until I got my strength back.

Because the cyclizine didn’t stop the sickness the hospital tried new drugs and this was really difficult because I worried about the harm they could do my baby.

Finally they found that a drug used for chemotherapy related sickness seemed to have some effect. This didn’t stop the sickness but it reduced it so I could go home. The last time I was sick was during labour so it had lasted seven and a half months.

I decided to share my experience here because I want people to know that HG is not simply just a bit of sickness that you should just get on with. It is a condition that a minority of women suffer and for some through much of their pregnancy. It is not fully understood why it occurs and there does not appear to be many medical professionals who have experience and knowledge in this field. Women need the support of their family and friends to get them through a very difficult period in their lives. The physical symptoms usually cease after your baby is born, but the emotional experience can remain for a long time afterwards.

I am blessed with two beautiful, healthy children and I thank my lucky stars for them both. When you hold your baby in your arms for the first time it is like a switch in your body that makes you feel “normal” again. Then you know that it was all worth it.


Finally I would like to mention that I later discovered that there is a charity that offers   support for women suffering Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It is called Pregnancy Sickness and Support and there is a link to the website below. My business Bunny Bumpkin Maternity, Nursing and Babywear has chosen this charity as our nominated charity for our ebay shop and our website.On selected items a percentage of our sale price will go to help this worthy cause. Follow us on facebook for details of which products will contribute to Pregnancy and Sickness Support. We hope to be doing more work in the future to support this charity.

The two beautiful bunnies pictured above are Millie (left) born 17/5/2012 and Jake (right) born 24/2/2010


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Baby Massage

Have you ever thought about taking your baby to a baby massage class? What can you expect? What are the benefits? Bunny Bumpkin Maternity Nursing and Babywear  asked Baby Massage Instructor Joanne Cox to tell us all about it.

Joanne has been a baby massage instructor for 5 years and trained with the International Association for Infant Massage.

She has also worked with vulnerable women and babies and has given baby massage talks at her local University as part of childcare training. She has also been featured in various media events. Joanne kindly wrote the following article for us.

It’s a wet and cold Monday morning, you and your new wonderful bundle of joy have packed the nappy bag, wrapped up warm and are on your way to attend your first baby massage class -how do you feel?

Many mummies feel very apprehensive about attending classes, even a little nervous. Will my baby cry? If so what will I do? Will baby need a feed or a change during the class, what will I do? What will it all be about? And will I get on with the other mums there? What will the benefits be? – So many questions.

Well as someone who has taught baby massage for 5 years now, I can assure that all of the above WILL happen. But you won’t be the only one, and your class instructor will make you feel so comfortable you will wonder what on earth you ever worried about.

 As for the other people in your group, they too will be feeling the same, and will be glad to share, discuss and confide in their new friends – who all have the same thing in common…their new babies. I am still friends with the group of mummies I met when I took my son to his first baby massage class, though 6 years on we have swapped bottles of milk for a bottle of wine when we catch up!

Baby Massage has been around for hundreds of years in other cultures, where the practice of baby massage is handed down from generation to generation, mothers to children and throughout the family.

What better way to spend some time with your child than in a warm room, gazing into the eyes of your little one whilst giving them a relaxing massage. A great way to make baby feel loved, to enhance bonding and relax and calm your little one.  It feels so natural to interact with your baby this way – and guess what, you too are feeling a little more relaxed …it works both ways!

There are so many baby benefits from baby massage including:

  • Helping your baby feel loved and secure.
  • Help ease digestion, repository and circulatory systems.
  • Can help relieve colic, wind and constipation.
  • Calm nervous babies and aid better sleep.
  • Teaches baby body awareness and;
  • Great way to spend quality time with your little one.

All this through using massage strokes and learning an infant massage routine you can do at home.

At baby massage we use a high quality, unscented vegetable oil to massage our babies. There is no need to use expensive scented baby massage oils. In fact research has suggested using strong smelling oils can block the smell of mum that babies love so much!

There is also research into a link between Infant massage and the treatment of post natal depression, and how massage can help.

Baby massage can be learned in lots of ways. Whether you wish to go to a regular class, at home or online there is something for everyone.

At chillbabychill we offer courses and at home classes – what better way to bond with your new mummy friends than a set of classes at home where all you need to worry about is what cake to serve with refreshments after!

A set of 4 classes in a course with typically cost around £35 and at home classes will be similar depending on numbers and distance.

See www.chillbabychill.co.uk for more information or call 01454 32331 to book

Bunny Bumpkin would like to thank Joanne for taking the time to write this article for us.


Introducing Bunny Bumpkin Maternity, Nursing and Babywear

Welcome to Bunny Bumpkins first blog on the WordPress platform. We are an online shop providing maternity, nursing, babywear and accessories. In this first blog we would like to introduce ourselves and explain the reason for using this blog platform.

Bunny Bumpkin was founded in November 2012 in response to the huge demand for online shopping and the demise of many of the high street maternity stores. With more and more stores closing Bunny filled a gap in the market and has seen considerable growth in just 2 years of trading.

We recently launched our facebook page where we provide interesting maternity and motherhood related articles as well as showing the latest products that we are constantly adding to our website.

The wordpress platform will give us a great place to post our articles which will be linked from our facepage page.

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