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Infertile woman's heartbreaking condition means she looks pregnant and strangers ask when she's due

Mirror logo Mirror 5/07/2017 Josh Parry

Heather Morrison now hopes to raise enough money to pay for a second round of IVF (Photo: Liverpool Echo WS) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Heather Morrison now hopes to raise enough money to pay for a second round of IVF (Photo: Liverpool Echo WS) An infertile woman whose painful condition makes her look pregnant has shared how strangers often ask her when she's due.

Heather Morrison, 24, has endometriosis which sometimes leave her in such pain that she cannot move and is bedridden for days at a time.

Other side effects include bloating which makes her stomach swell up so much that she has a completely separate wardrobe of clothes that she can fit into - and make people assume that she's expecting.

The condition is often left undiagnosed as the symptoms can be mistaken for extreme period pains - but after Heather’s mother witnessed her black out from the pain, doctors eventually reached a diagnosis.

They told her that she will be unable to conceive without expensive IVF treatment, leaving her and her long-term boyfriend Gerard heartbroken as she has always dreamed of having children.

“I can’t have a child naturally, but my bloating gets so bad that I get mistaken as pregnant by strangers who don’t know the struggles I’m having," she said.

Heather suffers dramatic bloating which makes people think she's expecting (Photo: Liverpool Echo WS) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Heather suffers dramatic bloating which makes people think she's expecting (Photo: Liverpool Echo WS) “One time a lady on the bus asked if she could touch my bump and asked if I was due. It was heartbreaking but they don’t mean to cause offence, they mean well.

“I have to explain that I’m not pregnant and then they feel really awkward about it. It’s absolutely heartbreaking because it’s just a reminder of the struggles me and Gerard are facing.”

As Gerard has a child from a previous relationship, IVF is not available to them on the NHS.

“Gerard has a four-year-old son so we’re already a family, but I have always wanted children and I want the whole experience," Heather explained.

"We’ve explained to Gerard Jr in a way he can understand by telling him I also want to be a ‘tummy mummy’ - which is just our way of explaining it to him really.

“Because we already have Gerard Jr, we won’t be considered for IVF on the NHS.”

Credits: Liverpool Echo WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Liverpool Echo WS The couple decided to try for a baby two years ago despite doctors warning that it would be almost impossible to conceive naturally as her condition means that the lining of her uterus grows on the outside rather than the inside.

Determined to have a child together, Heather and Gerard decided to pay for private IVF at a clinic in Poland - selling clothes and furniture on eBay plus giving up nights out to raise the £4,500 fee.

But the sacrifices were in vain. They took seven different pregnancy tests and went to doctor before finally coming to terms with the fact that the two fertilised eggs had not resulted in a pregnancy.

Doctors estimate the couple will have a 30% success rate - meaning the odds are stacked against them, but Heather says they will keep battling on.

“I want it more than anything in the world, but I’m realistic that it might not happen because you can’t get too carried away," she said.

“We will keep going and we’ve agreed that if it doesn’t work, we’ll look into other options. We’ve talked about adoption but I really want to have a baby of my own."

Credits: Liverpool Echo WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Liverpool Echo WS The couple have started an online fundraising campaign to help gather enough money to pay for a second trip to Poland for the fertility treatment.

Heather added: “We didn’t get our hopes built up, you can’t, but it was really upsetting. The doctor phoned me after the blood test but I already knew deep down that I wasn’t pregnant.

“Now we face raising the money again. I couldn’t have done it in the first place if it wasn’t for friends and family but I’m just hoping to raise some money.

“I know it will take a while and that is good because we are essentially grieving at the moment. If people can’t donate it would mean the world to me if they could just share it.

“Apart from raising funds if it can raise awareness then that would be brilliant.”


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