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Morgan Grubola Vonberg
Name Morgan Grubola Vonberg
Age 31
Joined 454 days ago
Hobbies Dance
About Me Ballet Teacher, and first time mom.
Morgan Grubola Vonberg
Win Tickets to Ellen's Mother's Day Show!
453 days ago

Dear Ellen,
I am a pregnant woman halfway through my second trimester with my first child. I have had a difficult pregnancy, with no end in sight according to my doctor. I was diagnosed early with a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (like your distant cousin Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge), which is a rare form of unrelenting nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. My doctor told me that only 1% of women get this, and I would never wish this on anyone. I rarely can keep anything down, and I have been admitted to the emergency room 17 times since January for malnourishment and dehydration! My husband and I have blown through our tiny nest egg paying all of the hospital bills, leaving us with nothing in our savings going forward. So, in order to try and keep the bills from bankrupting us, I continue to work my over-forty hour weeks while extremely nauseous (I often step into the restroom to vomit in between each class).
While I am very excited about getting to meet my daughter this summer, my worries at being able to afford to care for her, and the effects the Hyperemesis may be causing to her development give me daily concern and sleepless nights. While happy to be a first time mother, my husband and I struggle to get by day-to-day and the economic cost of raising our daughter has tempered our excitement at her arrival. I am a former ballerina who lost her job in the shrinking economy and now teach dance over forty hours a week while pregnant. My husband is in graduate school (doing research in juvenile diabetes) and we exist paycheck-to-paycheck scraping by these days. Purchasing items for the baby further eats into our ever-shrinking budget, and our concern for our daughterʼs future grows as much as my belly does each day.

I would love to be a part of your Mother’s Day celebration because I would love to have just one day to completely let loose and enjoy and celebrate my pregnancy!
thanks, Morgan Grubola Vonberg

Morgan Grubola Vonberg
Are You Expecting Your First Child?
454 days ago

Dear Ellen,
I am a pregnant woman halfway through my second trimester with my first child. I have had a difficult pregnancy, with no end in sight according to my doctor. I was diagnosed early with a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (like your distant cousin Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge), which is a rare form of unrelenting nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. My doctor told me that only 1% of women get this, and I would never wish this on anyone. I rarely can keep anything down, and I have been admitted to the emergency room 17 times since January for malnourishment and dehydration! My husband and I have blown through our tiny nest egg paying all of the hospital bills, leaving us with nothing in our savings going forward. So, in order to try and keep the bills from bankrupting us, I continue to work my over-forty hour weeks while extremely nauseous (I often step into the restroom to vomit in between each class).

While I am very excited about getting to meet my daughter this summer, my worries at being able to afford to care for her, and the effects the Hyperemesis may be causing to her development give me daily concern and sleepless nights. While happy to be a first time mother, my husband and I struggle to get by day-to-day and the economic cost of raising our daughter has tempered our excitement at her arrival. I am a former ballerina who lost her job in the shrinking economy and now teach dance over forty hours a week while pregnant. My husband is in graduate school (doing research in juvenile diabetes) and we exist paycheck-to-paycheck scraping by these days. Purchasing items for the baby further eats into our ever-shrinking budget, and our concern for our daughterʼs future grows as much as my belly does each day.

I would love to be a part of your Mother’s Day celebration because I would love to have just one day to completely let loose and enjoy and celebrate my pregnancy!