Heather relates to Kate’s pregnancy woes

Theo and Joseph with their get well soon message for the Duchess of Cambridge
Theo and Joseph with their get well soon message for the Duchess of Cambridge

The news that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child and suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) again struck a chord with a Brechin mother.

Heather Miranda, who is originally from Brechin but now lives in Dundee, suffered from the condition during her own pregnancies.

It is a severe form of pregnancy sickness and can be a potentially life threatening condition.

After first suffering from the condition in 2009 while pregnant with her son Joseph, now aged four, Heather began working with charity Pregnancy Sickness Support to help raise awareness of the condition.

She suffered from HG again in 2013 when she was pregnant with her second son, Theo, but found treatment more effective this time round.

Heather explained: “Thanks to increased awareness and earlier/more aggressive health care, the condition was much better managed.

“This was chiefly thanks to information and massive support given by the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support and its volunteers, and also a wonderful consultant, Dr Marjory McLean.

“I was also incredibly lucky to receive fantastic treatment from a knowledgeable and caring consultant, Dr Tony Nicoll, and his team at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee - who were all exceptional.

“Not to forget my amazing family and friends who helped enormously with emotional support and practical issues such as childcare for Joseph.”

Her own experiences with HG, and her work as Scotland Team Leader with Pregnancy Sickness Support, saw Heather receive an award from the HER Foundation. Heather was a recipient of the 2013 International HERoes for HG award.

Praise was given to Heather’s “remarkable passion for helping HG women”.

For more information on HG and the charity Heather works with, visit www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk