Why I Love Watching Amy Schumer Puke on Social Media
Amy Schumer just went there. In addition to launching Le Cloud, a size-inclusive fashion line on Saks.com, the pregnant comedian has been sharing candid Instagram videos of herself throwing up. To some, it might be gross. To me, Amy Schumer is a goddamn hero.
Since she first revealed she was expecting a baby with husband Chris Fischer back in October. Schumer has been open about experiencing extreme nausea during pregnancy, called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), going so far as to share videos of herself vomiting on social media.
Watching Schumer vomit in a public restroom, and sharing in her public misery, she has become a beacon of light for women like me and other women with HG. Occurring in about 3 percent of pregnancies, HG is the most severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The unrelenting vomiting can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and weight loss requiring immediate medical attention.
VIDEO: Amy Schumer Was Hospitalized with the Exact Same Pregnancy Condition as Kate Middleton
Having dealt with HG for nearly 36 weeks of my pregnancy, I can safely say it is not morning sickness; it's a living hell. Unless you’ve thrown up blood, been caught in a nightmarish cycle of vomiting two or three dozen times a day, or walked around with ruptured blood vessels in your eyes, you don’t quite get how debilitating HG really is.
Until now, though, there’s been little to point to in pop culture — in other words, few have heard of HG. Trying to explain my torment to my colleagues, the only reference point I had was Kate Middleton, who famously suffered from HG symptoms for all three of her pregnancies — but Kate was locked away for months at a time, suffering away from prying eyes while receiving treatment — after all, the Duchess of Cambridge doubling over at Ascot or a garden party is not an ideal situation. With all appearances canceled until her symptoms subsided, the public knew Kate was ill but couldn’t actually envision how brutal HG really is.
That is, until Schumer came along.
Schumer, who revealed she is “deep in her second trimester,” has performed next to a giant garbage can minutes after being sick, has posted from the hospital attached to an IV, and profusely apologize for rescheduling dates altogether. “Thanks for the support. People don’t understand this shit,” Schumer wrote after a fellow HG sufferer reached out to offer words of comfort.
No, people don’t understand. But thanks to Schumer’s honest, public, and yes, slightly graphic journey, they’re much closer to getting it.
As for me, I’m never referencing Kate’s HG again. Schumer is our leader now.