Tiffiny Hall had big plans for her pregnancy. Having launched her fitness company, ‘Tiff XO’ a month before conceiving, the Biggest Loser personal trainer hadn’t counted on the small human she was growing slowing her down.
Then she started vomiting. And didn’t stop. Not after her first trimester, and not even after she’d given birth to Arnold.
“I vomited with every contraction and I was sick until the last second he came flying out. Then it just left me as soon as the placenta was delivered,” the new mum told Monique Bowley and Bec Judd on Mamamia’s Hello Bump podcast.
Hall and Middleton are among the 0.3 and two per cent of women who have the condition. So is Hall’s mum, who suffered from HG through all three of her pregnancies.
LISTEN: Tiffiny Hall describes her experience with HG on Hello Bump (post continues after audio…)
Despite the genetic predisposition, 33-year-old author and journalist thought her active lifestyle and occupation would mean her pregnancy would be different. Instead, she was bed bound for nine months, unable to work and film fitness videos for her business like she’d planned.
“I was so excited to be pregnant and then it just hit me. I couldn’t work I couldn’t do anything. I had multiple hospital admissions. I have never felt that sick,” she said.
“It’s like severe car sickness or being in that Gravitron ride for nine months.
“I went off all food and put on 30 kilos because I couldn’t drink water because it tasted like vomit. I just had milk and carbs because I just needed things that would fill me up. I went off my diet, I couldn’t exercise. It was horrible.”
While HG is treatable for some women, others, like Hall, find nothing helps ease the nausea.
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