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Heather's son Joseph  was the happy ending to her battle with HG during her pregnancy.

Heather's son Joseph was the happy ending to her battle with HG during her pregnancy.

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AN ARBROATH-based music teacher has been raising awareness of a pregnancy condition which has affected the Duchess of Cambridge.

Heather Miranda also suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), a severe form of sickness when pregnant with her son Joseph.

And on Wednesday, the pair were highlighting the little-known condition on Hyperemesis Gravidarum awareness day.

The illness was thrust into the spotlight last year when Kate Middleton was hospitalised with the condition early in her pregnancy. 

And Heather hopes by speaking out about the condition will reassure other sufferers they are not alone.

Speaking about her own ordeal, she said: “One of the hardest things I found during my pregnancy is that people, including medical professionals, kept saying ‘you’ll feel great at week 12’, ‘you’ll feel great at week 16’ and I never did.

“HG made me feel incredibly isolated and lonely. I felt no-one could understand. I felt robbed of having a joyful pregnancy.”

Pregnancy Sickness Support, of which Heather is regional leader for Scotland and Northern Ireland, aims to provide support and resources as well as raising awareness of the condition to the general public. 

For more information on Pregnancy Sickness Support, visit www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/