The amazing Emma Watford with her daughter Sienna (4 months). Emma came down with Hyperemesis Gravidarum when she was about 5 weeks along with her daughter. Things didn't let up for the next 7 months until she was induced at 35 weeks. She was so sick throughout that she ended up 10 kilo's lighter at the end of her pregnancy than where she had started. She was so sick that she couldn't keep anything down and couldn't do much of anything at all. It was ultimately the right decision to deliver early as both Emma and Sienna were healthier with her out. At 35 weeks, however, Sienna still had some preemie problems and required a stay in the hospital to learn to regulate her temperature and eat. Thankfully her breathing was fine and she was able to put weight on quickly, despite being just 4 lbs at birth.
Emma and her husband had been through such a difficult time with her pregnancy that they assumed once Sienna was out things would be just fine. They quickly realized that life with a newborn, particularly a preemie, is more complicated than that. She says they've finally found a bit of a groove and that motherhood is more amazing than she ever could have imagined.
Emma wanted to share her story because she believes strongly in the importance of acknowledging pregnancies that are not typical. There are plenty of communities dedicated to birth and birth stories but so many of them only highlight the pretty, the normative, the uncomplicated and the typical. She was excited to become part of a community that celebrates all women, all pregnancies, all births with the notion that they are all equally important and beautiful.