Press releases and pitches in my inbox are a part of my everyday life. Most are deleted, some are mocked, and rarely do I ever follow up on one.
Yesterday I received one about the Duchess of Cambridge and her sweet baby George, typical. But then segued into “Let us never forget how sick she was early on in her pregnancy, perhaps she even considered naming her baby Ralph for a spell” or something like that.
There are few topics that make me prickly, and mocking morning sickness is one of them.
Then again, props to acknowledging what she went through to get her baby here. As a two time hyperemesis survivor I appreciate any press and publicity given to the terrible awful disease that leaves so many women in hospitals and so many uneducated people suggesting that “it’s all in her head” or “maybe she should just eat a cracker.”
Back to the press release, it was for GagBagz which are basically glorified airplane barf bags with witty little sayings on them. I’d generally file them in the same category as Pee Pee TeePees and BabyWigs but as I looked over the site and read the story behind GagBagz, they’re actually a really great and thoughtful gift for a freshly pregnant woman who probably doesn’t want to eat, drink, smell, wear or look at anything but the inside of her eyelids. I’ve put sick lady gift bags together for friends before — all the things that I had tried and some that had even worked, but I always packaged them in a bucket because when I was pregnant you wouldn’t find me anywhere without my blue bucket. A pretty little barf bag tucked away in my purse would have made a lot more sense.
Even better, the GagBagz website is more than just pretty barf bags for sale, it’s full of links to support groups, websites and a pregnant woman’s rights (I was able to get on disability with my first due to hyperemesis, I’m not sure how many women know this is an option.)
While I’m not crazy about the ‘z’ instead of a regular old ‘s’, I get it.
Designer barf bags, they’re really a thing, and they’re really kind of funny and charming in an “We’re all in this together” kind of way. I can see them selling really well at baby boutiques everywhere, for when you desperately want to buy something for a pregnant friend in the early stages of a rough pregnancy, but aren’t quite ready to commit to baby booties or a cute hat. I can tell you from experience it’s really hard to get excited about baby stuff (or a baby at all) when you’re throwing up ten times a day.
A 4-pack of witty barf bags is $5.95 with a variety of ‘survival kits’ ranging from $13.50-$70. Available from GagBagz.com