Emma completed the London marathon just 21 weeks after giving birth!
On Sunday 22nd April 2018 Emma and her husband Jeremy took on the London marathon just 21 weeks after giving birth to their very own HG Hero.
We spoke to Emma at the time and here is her story:
"So this time last year I was struggling to get out of bed and was working with my GP to find the right Antiemetics after being diagnosed with HG. I already had my place in the London marathon deferred due to pregnancy but had planned to run up until about 4 months... HG had other plans for me. A year later and 21 weeks after giving birth here I am with my HG hero and my amazing partner having just finished the London marathon. Ladies surviving HG makes us a very determined bunch of ladies that can achieve anything!"
Emma joined a running club 3 years ago and that is where her passion for running began. During these three years she met her partner, made some amazing friends and fell pregnant with handsome Jude.
Before finding out she was pregnant Emma had been accepted to run the London marathon and before finding out that she was suffering from HG Emma had planned to continue running and exercising for as long as she could.
"I lost over a stone in my first trimester of pregnancy so had to stop running, I had no energy or fuel. My plan had been to keep running and exercising as long as I could, to keep my baseline fitness up. I couldn't do it which made the marathon even tougher."
Emma completed the London Marathon in 6 hours 44 minutes only 21 weeks after giving birth. Running the London marathon is such an amazing achievement as it is, but with such little time to train and after suffering from such a debilitating condition, it is even more incredible.
I think this is an amazing story of determination and after speaking with Emma, she wanted the message to be clear "if you can survive HG you can survive anything".
If you are thinking about taking up running head over to 'runmummyrun' there is lots of useful information on their page and you can even find local running groups specifically for Mums local to your area!
What an incredible achievement from Emma and Jeremy - who are now planning on a new fundraising challenge for 2020 - watch this space! Emma also is a volunteer 1-1 peer supporter and volunteers for both of our social media teams, is there no end to this superstars talents?! A huge thank you for everything you do for Pregnancy Sickness Support!