So, as many of you know, Tyler (my husband and I) are expecting baby number two in mid to late February of 2018. We have been over the moon excited with the pregnancy but it has also had it's down sides.
in currently 19 weeks pregnant, and in the 2nd trimester. Normal people have a break about now in their pregnancy where they enjoy it! Usually you're not quite big enough for your belly to be in the way, but you do have a bump to show off. Usually by now most women experience the loss of morning sickness and start eating as normal again, which I would give almost anything for at this point!
I unfortunately have a disease called Hyperemisis Gravidarum (literally translates to excessive vomiting during pregnancy) and since about 8 weeks have been suffering. This disease does not allow me to eat much or drink much. Most days, I am literally starving (literally) but if I eat, I will end up in a never-ending battle with the "emesis" part of this disease. I have been hospitalized 5 sepeeate times in this pregnancy to receive fluids for severe dehydration. I've also lost a significant amount of weight and I am currently down to about 178lbs (my starting weight was 200lbs). That averages out to 2lbs per week. Which might not seem like a lot, but during a time where I am supposed to gain weight or maintain it, it's definitely considerable.
I have tried numerous treatments including medications, popsicles, bland diet, oils, etc. I've tried everything that was offered to me and still was losing 2lbs a week. There has been numerous times when nurses tell me I should be "excited" I'm losing this weight. I've also had doctors tell me straight forward that there is nothing they can do for me. This disease has taken over my life currently, and it's hard to be able to sit down at a computer to get work done or even just basic every day duties.
I have not, however, let it take over my ability to photograph weddings. I will continue to fight tooth and nail to not let this disease take over me spending time with all of my wonderful couples on their wedding days.
All in all, I am still excited about this pregnancy. It has been rough, but I know it will be worth it in the end!