Berwick's Royal Border Bridge is turning pink for charity

Berwick's Royal Border Bridge is being lit up pink tonight (Tuesday) to mark Hyperemesis Awareness Day.

Tuesday, 15th May 2018, 9:20 am
The Royal Border Bridge turns pink. Picture by Darren Chapman.

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a condition at the extreme end of the pregnancy sickness spectrum.

It affects only one per cent of women with pregnancy sickness and is extremely unpleasant for sufferers.

Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) is a charity working to improve care, treatment and support for women suffering from nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) and HG.

Louise Dixon, a volunteer peer supporter with PSS, and her friends Ellen Scambler, Gayle Renton and Bryony Haggerstone are fund-raising for PSS after Louise experienced HG first-hand.

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She said: “When I was suffering through my HG pregnancy I had no idea what HG was.

“I didn’t know it had a name, that there were different medications I could take, that other women went through it too. All of these things would have helped me through it.

“So, years later, now that I have discovered PSS, I want to help raise its profile; to help other women to find this support network and have a better experience than my own.”

Having raised £250 with Facebook Birthday Fundraising so far, the team plans to Walk a Marathon in a Month in September and Ellen hopes to complete the Great North Run in aid of the charity too.

To donate to the cause, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TuesdayClub

If you are experiencing HG symptoms, please visit the website www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk or contact the PSS helpline: 024 7638 2020.

Sufferers endure nausea (constant) and vomiting (up to 50 times per day), inability to eat or drink, increased saliva (constant need to spit), extreme aversion to smells (even their own skin) and are often left housebound and unable to work.

Symptoms can be dangerous to expectant mothers and unborn babies, leading to dehydration and weight loss, and resulting in hospitalisation.

Suffering from HG can have a significant and detrimental effect on mental well-being; depression, anxiety, isolation and loneliness and, in extreme cases, suicidal thoughts or even termination of wanted pregnancies.