Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) in pregnancy – Jelina’s Birth Story and Becoming a Doula

By: Care Messer | Birth Story, Home Birth, Podcast | March 28, 2024

This show contains the reality of what pregnancy can be life if you have hyperemesis gravidarum(HG) during pregnancy. This is a condition of severe nausea & vomiting and that can lead to dehydration, malnutrition and weight loss. It usually lasts through the entire pregnancy and ends once the baby is out.

Our guest today is Jelina, a doula and birth photographer. Jelina has had two births, one in a hospital and the second at home with midwives. We talk about both of her births today and include how her first one led her into birth work. And a heads up to a nurse named Lauren who inspired her to become a doula and probably doesn’t even know the impact she made at Jelina’s first birth!

Jelina also goes into self-advocacy when it comes to conditions that you may have during pregnancy. HG only affects about 3% of the pregnant population and so many people who have it are brushed off and told that it’s just morning sickness. Jelina wants you to know that there are Facebook groups out there to support and help you and that it’s ok to question your providers when your symptoms are being ignored. This is a case of the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Jelina now lives in Illinois and her website is https://jelinasonnenberg.com/ and her Boudoir photography is https://www.gildedreclamation.com/

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About the author:
Care is the founder of the Birth Education Center, San Diego HypnoBirthing and Cuddle Sanctuary San Diego. She is a Birth Educator, Hypnotherapist, Birth and Postpartum Doula, INNATE Care Provider, Erotic Blueprint Coach and also professional Cuddler. She specializes in connection work between people and increasing self boundaries for a more balanced life together.


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