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Jackie Hyland: Severe morning sickness? Been there

Posted October 13, 2014 8:55 p.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2014 2:05 p.m. EDT

Jackie Hyland, after suffering a severe bout of morning sickness, prepares to leave the hospital with her newborn daughter and older daughter in July 2002.

The royals are having another baby! Brillant news!

As a bit of a royal watcher myself, I was delighted when I heard their baby news. But I immediately felt sorry for Kate Middleton when I learned that the Duchess is suffering from severe morning sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum for the second time.

I know a lot about what she is going through. I too was diagnosed with Hyperemesis twice. Let me tell you, it is absolutely awful.

The first time it happened was about 16 year ago. I was pregnant for the first time. It hit me hard and nothing can prepare you for it. I remember that I was exhausted beyond belief at first and then the nausea started.

This was unlike any nausea I had ever experienced before. It was all consuming and lasted all day and all night. Everything I tried to eat would come back up almost immediately. It got so bad for me that I could not watch television. Even the sight of food would start the heaving and vomiting. I couldn't even drink water.

My poor husband tried every remedy known to cure morning sickness .... from boiling ginger to ginger ale and Saltines. To this day, I really disilke both ginger ale and Saltines.

It got so bad that I wound up in the hospital, as I was extremely dehydrated. My OB/GYN was not really concerned about the baby I found out. She said we know your hormones are working! So I spent some time in the hospital getting re-hydrated.

I lost 20 pounds and a lot of hair! Yes, hair. I really looked bad! Finally, around the 12 week mark, the nausea and vomiting subsided. The rest of my pregnancy went very smoothly. My daughter was born happy and healthy.

I was brave enough to get pregnant a second time, and it happened again. This time, the doctors set me up with an at-home IV and a nurse would come to my house every other day to change the IV.

By now, I had a three-year-old, so I couldn't just lie in bed. I remember one time retching in the bathroom sink and my little girl happened to wander in at that very moment. There wasn't much I could do. I will never forget her asking me ... "Mommy, are you going to throw up the baby?"

It made me laugh at a moment when I really needed it! I was sorry she had to witness my morning sickness. But thankfully, once I assured her the baby would be just fine, she moved on as three year olds often do! Once again, when I reached the 12 week mark, I started to feel much better and I was able to go back to work after a month off. About six months later, I had a healthy, happy baby girl.

So Kate Middleton, my heart truly goes out to you during this trying time. I am sure you are being very well looked after. Still it is a rough few weeks, but it will pass!

Jackie is the mom of a tween and a teen. She is an anchor for WRAL-TV. Find her here on Go Ask Mom monthly and follow her on Facebook.