Giving Tuesday is November 30th!

21 Years of Impact was made possible by the support of our amazing community. And there is such hope for change. Don’t you feel it! Here at HER, we are ready for a BIG day in the nonprofit world: Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Giving Tuesday (GT) is the largest giving day of the year,…

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HER Board Members Lead Study at USC

HER Board members, Marlena Fejzo, PhD, and Patrick Mullen, MD, are running the first study of GDF15 in HG patients in the United States.

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Steps of Self Advocacy

We created this tool to help guide HG patients through the steps of self advocacy.

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World Prematurity Day: Meet Crew and Tru

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a risk factor for premature birth. HG is defined as a potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease that may cause weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration, and debility due to severe nausea and/or vomiting, and may cause long-term health issues for mother and baby(ies). Did you know: 15% of HG pregnancies result in premature birth…

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Honor Maria on November 25th

Join us in honoring Maria and her twins on Thursday, November 25th. Maria’s voice was silenced due to preventable complications of HG, and we all must be a voice for her. No mother should be silenced by HG! On November 25th, share a selfie with your right index finger in the air to indicate 1 MOM is…

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HERstory: Amy

I had baby fever. I wanted a baby so bad it hurt. I was jealous of others who were pregnant. When I saw pregnant women, they looked so happy waddling around, picking out baby stuff, and always talking about how great it was. When I got pregnant with my daughter in the fall of 2010, I was…

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HERstory: Lindsey

At the end of November 2020, I found out I was pregnant with our third child. The day after my doctor called me to confirm I was indeed pregnant, the sickness started with a vengeance. I couldn’t eat even though I felt hunger, and the nausea was so strong I felt like I couldn’t take…

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Marlena Fejzo, PhD, presents on HER’s genetic research at ASHG Annual Meeting 2021

Marlena Fejzo, PhD, HER Board Member and Research Advisor, presents at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting on the genetics of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Title of presentation: “Whole-exome sequencing confirms GDF15 is the greatest genetic risk factor for Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Identifies Rare and Novel Variants in appetite genes GDF15 and GFRAL” Conclusions…

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Research Summary: Safety of Ondansetron (Zofran) in Pregnancy

2021 Dormuth CR, Winquist B, Fisher A, et al. Comparison of Pregnancy Outcomes of Patients Treated With Ondansetron vs Alternative Antiemetic Medications in a Multinational, Population-Based Cohort “This meta-analysis of cohort studies of 456,963 pregnancies in 3 countries published in JAMA, found treatment with ondansetron was not significantly associated with increased risk of fetal death,…

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Celebrate 21 Years of Help and Hope for HG

The HER Foundation is 21! The Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation’s mission is to provide Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) support, advocacy, education, and research to improve treatment  and outcomes. Here’s a listicle to celebrate 21 of the many ways HER has supported families! Launch the first website on HG to educate about treatment options, help those suffering from HG, and…

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How can I connect with others who understand HG?

Along with good medical care, surviving Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) means finding others who understand. Here are some ways to make connections. Facebook Support Groups The HER Foundation offers multiple support groups on Facebook. Even when the platform is the same, the groups are not. Every Facebook support group will develop a culture and tone all…

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Dr. Fejzo speaks at the Fetal Medicine Foundation

Dr. Marlena Fejzo, a geneticist at the University of Southern California and a HER Foundation Board of Directors, presented at the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), its potential causes, and treatment options. Over 5600 medical professionals heard her speak, and the talk is freely available on the FMF’s website in English, Spanish,…

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Top 5 Ways to reduce trauma in an HG pregnancy

Trauma from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) cannot be prevented. The HER team believes the following tips will give you the best chance of being prepared for HG in a subsequent pregnancy. Top 5 Ways to Reduce Trauma in a Subsequent HG Pregnancy: 1. Create an HG Protocol that takes account what worked and didn’t work in…

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Treating PTSD after HG

Just like with any trauma, the severity of impact depends on how the individual person experiences HG and any prior history of trauma. This is why preventative care, such as accurate education and support, can make the difference between a woman (or caregiver) resolving and integrating their traumatic experience or developing PTSD (or Complex PTSD)…

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New HG Tools!

In honor of HG Awareness Month, we are launching a new Patient Treatment Brochure and have expanded our HG treatment algorithm. Mothers struggling with HG can now find all the essential information on managing HG in a single, printable brochure. It’s a perfect reference for medications and HER resources. Clinicians now can find not only…

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Takiyah’s HG Truth

I was first diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) in 2007-2008 with my first pregnancy. Unfortunately, I didn’t have all the resources I do now or the knowledge of what to expect. Due to HG and ptyalism, I couldn’t keep food nor water down. I suffered from heart palpitations throughout the pregnancy due to a heart…

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Help Eliminate Preventable Complications of HG

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)* is not morning sickness. HG is a serious medical condition with a far-reaching impact that can last, not just for the term of a pregnancy, but for the remaining lives of mother and child(ren). Mothers can suffer from include neurological disorders, gastrointestinal damage, malnutrition and dehydration, and even organ failure. Children can…

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The vomiting won’t stop. When to call a health professional.

Call a health professional if any of the following occur: Abdominal pain, bleeding, or cramping Difficulty thinking or focusing Difficulty walking or talking Extreme fatigue and very low energy Little if any food or fluids stay down for 24+ hours Little saliva and a dry mouth Moderate or severe headache and/or fever Muscular weakness or…

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Impact of COVID-19 and women’s health: challenges and lessons

On March 10, 2021, our 1 MOM is 2 Many partner, African Health Now, hosted a webinar: Impact of COVID-19 and Women’s Health Challenges and Lessons. The HER Foundation joined African Health Now, Every Mother Counts, and other experts to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on women’s access to healthcare services, including maternal and reproductive healthcare.

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Do I need fluids?

After vomiting for 2-3 weeks and eating very little, women need IV vitamins including a multivitamin (MVI), and B complex (or at least thiamin). Sometimes this is forgotten, so make sure to ask about it, it is very important! B vitamins are most critical as they are depleted rapidly, especially in the presence of a high carbohydrate (e.g. sugar) diet, and come from foods not often craved during pregnancy.

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New Research Published: HELP Score

The HER Foundation publishes a new study demonstrating the effectiveness of the HyperEmesis Level Prediction (HELP) Score in identifying pregnant women with severe symptoms of NVP.

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AmazonSmile is now available on the mobile app!

AmazonSmile is now available on your mobile app! Every time you shop online, a portion of your purchase can support our work to help families facing HG.

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Kimber MacGibbon during filming for Expecting Amy

The HER Foundation consulted about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) for Expecting Amy

We’ve held it in for over a year, but now the exciting HG news is out! The HER Foundation was consulted about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) for Amy Schumer’s docuseries, Expecting Amy. Directed by Alexander Hammer, the three part docuseries tells the story of Schumer’s marriage, comedy tour, and HG pregnancy. This series brings light to…

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Top 5 Things an HG Mom Needs

What are the top 5 things HG Moms need? Mom needs a lot of rest. A quiet, trigger free room is important.  Support and compassion make a difference. HG is very isolating and traumatic. Love and support from family and friends can ease her suffering. This is not a woman’s fault: HG is in her…

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Buy a 1 MOM necklace to help prevent complications of HG

Limited Edition 1 MOM is 2 Many Logo Necklace

Just in time for the holidays!!! We have partnered with Hearts of Gold who has created a limited number of beautiful sterling silver logo necklaces with an amethyst stone to honor Maria, a woman who died from profound nutrition and other preventable causes of HG. In her honor, we launched a collaborative campaign called 1…

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Small Business Saturday: Shop Those Who Support HER Foundation

The HER Foundation is thankful for our business partners who support our mission.

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Yeti limited edition logo cups

SPECIAL EDITION YETI CUPS!

We have a special treat for you! Just in time for the holidays! We have ordered LIMITED EDITION premium Yeti cups with the HER or 1 MOM is 2 Many logo so you can share your HG story while enjoying your favorite drink! NOTE: The maroon cups are on order and will ship later in…

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