Pregnancy a 'deep, dark hole'

Last updated 13:15 20/03/2013
THE REWARD: Sue Neilson and her boys.

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I have three gorgeous boys aged four, 11 and 13.

I still remember my pregnancy days as if they were yesterday.

I was very sick from six weeks all the way until they were born.

Fortunately, they all came slightly early because as soon as they were born, I was instantly better. Food tasted like normal again instantly and I had lots of energy. I didn't mind how many times I was woken at night because I just got to spend more wonderful time with them. I absolutely adored being in that mummy-baby bubble.

Being pregnant was like being in a deep, dark hole that I could not claw my way out. I would look up at all of these people and there was no-one who could do anything to help or throw me down a rope to help me get out.

I could hardly walk anywhere and didn't even have the energy to talk. I didn't have the energy to even tell anyone how terrible I felt.

My husband said it was like living with a vomiting, dry retching shell. Every waking moment I felt like I was horribly seasick.

Normally, I loved to exercise. I was working full time and at lunchtime I would have to dash home to set the alarm so that I could sleep for 15 minutes just so I could get through the afternoon.

The sickness with baby number two came so that I would sleep morning and afternoon when number one baby did, so that I had energy to put into them. It was the only way to make the days go more quickly. If I sat and thought about how many days were ahead of me, I just couldn't have made it through.

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