Counselling for women in recovery from pregnancy sickness

As a specialist Counsellor, I work with women who have survived any degree of pregnancy sickness, any number of years ago, with the aim of promoting healing and recovery.

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) can be emotionally traumatising experiences for women. Pregnancy sickness can have a substantial impact on how women view their selves, their bodies, and their relationships with others. It is not always something women can instantly recover from or forget about, the minute their symptoms have subsided or their babies have been born.

It may take some time and some support for women to make sense of, come to terms with or process the pregnancy sickness experience that they have endured. It may take some time and some support to enable them to recuperate and move on. Some women for example describe a difficulty around contemplating further pregnancies, or how they feel around other women’s pregnancies. Some women are left struggling to cope with subsequent non-pregnancy related nausea or vomiting, or their post-pregnancy relationship with food. Some women are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Post Natal Depression following their experience of pregnancy sickness.

Women may be left with a whole range of unexpressed or unresolved feelings and thoughts around how pregnancy sickness was for them. Some women for example, report being left with guilt around feeling too unwell to bond with their babies in utero; a sense of loss around the kind of pregnancy experience they had hoped for but didn’t have; or unresolved anger or irritability around health care professionals or family members, who they feel could have supported them better at the time of their suffering. Some women say that their experience of pregnancy sickness changes them.

Counselling can provide a safe, contained, supportive space for women at any stage of recovery from pregnancy sickness to further process or make sense of their experience, and the emotional impact it has had on them. It can enable women to move forward with their lives, with an increased sense of healing, self-awareness and well-being.