Hi. My name is Rachel Dewell. I’m a wife, a mother of six kids, and a Registered Nurse (RN-BSN).
But more than that, I know what it’s like to desperately search for answers to the unrelenting nausea I was having during pregnancy – to endlessly search online for any combination I could think of, “Severe Nausea,” “Vomiting,” “Severe Morning Sickness,” or “Pregnancy.”
I was desperate to find someone who had the same experience with pregnancy that I did.
Someone who knew I wasn’t crazy.
That I didn’t just need fresh air.
Who had also cried on the bathroom floor.
Who knew what it was like to have that constant, continuous feeling of nausea.
Who had felt like they were starving, but unable to put food in their mouth.
Who had felt like they were dying, and no one took them seriously.
I’ve come a long way from that, thankfully. I discovered it had a name: Hyperemesis Gravidarum. And then I discovered other women who had suffered from it. Just when I had decided that there was no hope in ever having a “normal pregnancy”, I was introduced to a new way of thinking about health and wellness that turned everything I had thought, and been taught in nursing school, on it’s head. And while I no longer believe that healing comes through medicine, I still think that medicine can be helpful when needed. But healing comes through nutrition and rest and thinking differently.
My first 5 pregnancies were HG pregnancies, to varying degrees. My 6th pregnancy was remarkably different. After years of research, experimenting, and changing the way I did almost everything in regards to my health, I had an exceptionally better pregnancy. With my last pregnancy, I vomited only 3 times during my entire pregnancy!
I wasn’t free from all nausea. I wasn’t even drug free. But I had something of a normal life. I ate every meal. I was able to cook most of them. I could shop for food. I could shower whenever I wanted to. I could drive my kids around, and eat in restaurants. I couldn’t even think of doing those things for much of my previous pregnancies.
I want you to have hope. I believe you can have the same success that I did. After all my experiences, my great desire became to help others avoid Hyperemesis Gravidarum and it’s devastating effects.
My goal is to help as many women as I can to have healthy, happy pregnancies – and then to be healthy, happy Moms.