Louise Cooper, a young mother from Reading, underwent the extraction of all her teeth after experiencing excessive vomiting during her first pregnancy.
Acid damage caused by the frequent bouts of vomit led to the need for tooth removal six months after giving birth. Despite the challenges, the 26-year-old, who has since welcomed two more children, claims to have found contentment in her toothless existence.
Louise’s journey began in February 2017 when she discovered her pregnancy while working as a nanny at a ski resort in France. However, her severe vomiting soon became unbearable, forcing her to return to the U.K. a week later, Daily Mail reported.
Bed-bound and plagued by worsening symptoms, she received a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) two months later in April. HG is characterized by persistent and excessive nausea and vomiting, which can lead to dehydration, weight loss, and mental health issues.
Approximately one in thirty pregnant women in the U.K. and U.S. suffer from HG, but the exact causes remain unclear. Some experts believe it may be linked to hormonal changes during pregnancy, while others suggest a genetic predisposition and a higher likelihood of experiencing HG in subsequent pregnancies for those who had it in their first.
Louise revealed to the news outlet that her relentless vomiting over nine months took a toll on her teeth, resulting in tooth loss. Stomach acid, brought up during vomiting, erodes the enamel and teeth over time.
She recalled the distressing experience, saying, “I lost my first tooth around 16 weeks, and it was just out of nowhere. I was told that my teeth would need to be removed due to the extent of the damage.”
Six months after giving birth to her son Zachary, now five years old, in November 2017, Louise underwent the removal of her teeth. She has since had two more children, Ollie, three, and Oakley, eleven months old.
Reflecting on her restricted diet, Louise admitted, “HG disappears when the baby is delivered. However, I had more than one child, and I have suffered from HG every time. It has restricted my diet; I don’t eat a lot of meat anymore. I mainly stick to eating vegetables.”
Coming to terms with her tooth loss was a long and challenging process for Louise. She described the trauma of her experience, comparing it to the side effects of chemotherapy. However, within the past year, five years after her teeth were initially removed, she has finally found acceptance.
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Although she now wears dentures for cosmetic reasons, she acknowledged their discomfort and triggering nature due to the traumatic memories associated with HG.
Despite the hardships, Louise has embraced her toothless life and discovered newfound relaxation and enjoyment. She expressed her contentment, saying, “I can now leave the house without having teeth in. Life is more relaxing and enjoyable for me. Everything has gone back to normal. I have embraced having no teeth. I have only really just come to terms with everything in the past year.”