By Sarah Francis
A young mum has revealed how her heartbreaking pregnancy nearly drove her to abortion after vomiting 90 times a day.
Carys Grant, 23, from Cardiff, Wales, was diagnosed with potentially fatal pregnancy sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, and couldn’t eat for seven months.
She lost 7st 7lbs and with her life at risk was put on a IV drip and fed through a tube while remaining in hospital through out her pregnancy.
At her darkest point, devastated Carys wished her pregnancy would end.
Thankfully, the brave mum pulled through and gave birth to her son Ieuan, now two.
Now she hopes to shine a light on the little-known condition that affects one in 200 pregnancies.
Carys, a full time mum, said: “My whole life changed. I couldn’t do anything. 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.
“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’.”
She added: “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.
“My mum and my partner tell me things and when I look back at the photos I look so ill.”
Carys and her partner Stephen James met through friends nine years ago.
They decided to try for a baby after moving house in October 2013 and were delighted when they conceived in March 2014.
However, by the fifth week, the sickness was so bad, Carys 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 that Carys was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum.
Unable to eat orally, Carys was put on a feeding tube for seven months and went from 13st 8lb to 7st.
Stephen 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.
“Carys was so outgoing and happy, then she became a body unable to function for daily activities.
“What should have been such an amazing experience was heart-breaking.
“I was often told along with Carys’ mam my mother in law, that they think Carys isn’t going to survive the pregnancy or the baby.”
Carys was given IV – cyclasine and ondanstatrone – as well as cortisone injections twice a day in case of blood clots.
Carys 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.
“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.
“I had a complete bold patch at the side of the head which is only now started to grow back.
“I had to anaemia and was collapsing a lot.”
Thankfully, at 36 weeks, Carys had a quick labour and gave birth to her son in November 2014.
Baby Ieuan spent 10 days in SCBU (special care baby unit) before Carys was finally able to take her baby home.
However, the physically and mental trauma from her pregnancy ordeal came home too.
She said: “After, I had really bad post-natal depression. I had to adjust to going outside again.
“After all that time doing nothing, I couldn’t look after myself. I couldn’t wash or dress myself, I was sent into this spiralling depression
“Once I had Ieaun, I soon felt better and I gradually put on weight.
“But I still get anxiety over certain foods that I think might make me sick.
“I still have severe depression and anxiety because of being in the hospital so long.”
Although Stephen is hoping for another child, Carys admits she is too scared to try again.
She said: “I felt so close to death, I don’t want to risk it again.”
Instead, Carys hopes medics gain a better understanding of the condition and provide better help to sufferers.
Carys said: “I wish there was more knowledge of the condition, at first no one in the hospital had heard of it.
“There should be more counselling and help during and afterwards.
“I also wish there was an opportunity of home care rather than just hospital admissions.
“No one should ever have to go through what I did.”
Stephen added: “I owe my life to Carys, she is my hero. It is amazing to have her still here and she is a fantastic selfless mother to Ieuan.”