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This illness is nothing short of horrific but I'd do it all again for my girl.

TV PRESENTER MICHELLE'S AGONY TV PRESENTER Michelle Watt lost a stone in her first six months of pregnancy as she was plagued by the same condition as Kate.

The former 60 Minute Makeover host developed hyperemesis gravidarum when she was six weeks pregnant with daughter Jaymi.

Michelle, 32, who is married to car sales manager Paul Kerr, 38, was violently sick 15 times a day up until the moment she gave birth on October 26, 2009.

And she admits that the horrific experience has put her off having more children - although she would go through it all again for her adored daughter.

Michelle, the daughter of boxing legend Jim Watt, said: "I have sincere, heartfelt sympathy for Kate.

"I totally understand what she is going through on an hourly basis. Eight entire months of being ill to that level was nothing short of horrific and something I will never, ever forget."

She added: "I lost a stone in the first six months of pregnancy and by full term had only gained a total of 10lb - 6lb of which was little miss Jaymi.

"At my 12-week scan, I weighed less than I did before I fell pregnant. It was quite frightening and throwing up 12 to 15 times a day was exhausting.

"If I wasn't being sick, I was in bed sleeping.

"It was a very traumatic time. I ended up in hospital three times after extreme sickness bouts left me dehydrated and needing injections and a drip."

Michelle, who lives in Stirling but grew up in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, says she tried to put a brave face on and battle through the sickness.

She said: "It may have had my body, but I was determined it was not getting my mind. Poor Kate, I hope she finds the inner strength to get her head to where it needs to be to cope."

Michelle, who named her daughter after her younger brother James, who died in a car crash 17 years ago, added: "Would I do it all again for another baby? No. Would I go back and do itall again for my wee Jaymi? Oh,absolutely.

"I know my limitations and wouldnot put myself or my family throughthat again.

"For a while I was living hour to hour, never mind day to day. I feel so SORRYfor Kate, who is going to have to dealwith it in front of the whole world.

"The only good thing to come out of all this is that awareness of the condition is being raised and HOPEFULLYpeople will be more sympathetictowards sufferers."

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ADORED 3 Michelle's daughter Jaymi

PROUD Michelle with Jaymi as a baby
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