Wild Women

Wild Women Survival Challenge 2018, Wales

A group of women who have survived a serious pregnancy complication, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), are out to show how tough they really are.

It is not uncommon for women with the condition to be told they’re “soft” or “just not coping” and “being a bit of a princess” when in fact they're tough women faced with a horrific medical condition. After long periods of illness (often having been bed-bound for months) a group of these women are getting fit and completing a challenging trek across Snowdonia in late October from Bethesda to Black Rock Sands. Using a direct route they will face various obstacles to traverse, so they will not only be hiking but rappelling, river crossing and kayaking also. Over the 48 hour challenge the women will also be wild camping en route whatever the late October weather throws at them. 

The expedition has parallels with HG in that there is simply no getting around the obstacles of the condition and no cure exist, but with the help of a support network the journey could be easier. Many women see HG as a survival challenge with similar obstacles such as malnutrition, dehydration and profound loneliness and isolation. Historically HG was the leading cause of death in early pregnancy and while mortality is rare now, women commonly feel like they are dying because without IV fluid and medication many would. 

Charity Chairperson Caitlin Dean who is organising the expedition says “Approaching HG like a survival situation, with a realistic outlook and robust strategy can make surviving it more achievable. Additionally, having a strong team and emotional support is keys to surviving HG. I hope this
challenge will help people understand the parallels between HG and situations people may find easier to comprehend, like a long hard a trek through treacherous conditions, climbing mountains and crossing lakes. I also hope to draw attention to the powerful impact of a support network, getting women through one of the most challenging times of their lives.”

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