today show with dr fejzo, aijia grammar, and maria shriver

Today Show Segment feat. Dr. Fejzo, Aijia Grammer, & Maria Shriver

Dr. Marlena Fejzo and a member of our ambassador council, Aijia Grammer, were interviewed by Maria Shriver on the Today Show about hyperemesis gravidarum. HG Survivors unite for awareness, change,…

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HER Foundation in National Geographic

National Geographic mentioned the HER Foundation and its board members, Kimber MacGibbon, RN, Dr. Marlena Fejzo, and Dr. Aimee Brecht-Doscher, in their article, “We finally know the cause of severe…

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Marlena Fejzo, PhD, working in the lab

The cause of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) has been found, and it’s not hCG!

A new study published in Nature reveals abnormally high levels of the hormone GDF15, and increased sensitivity to it, are the major factors contributing to HG. The most severe form…

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HG Research Surveys

Be a part of finding answers about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Currently, the HER Foundation has three active research surveys. Please participate!

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Dr. Fejzo Makes the Cover of The New York Times

Her doctor said her illness was all in her head. Dr. Fejzo was determined to find the truth. And she did: HG’s most likely genetic cause is GDF15. Read her story in The New York Times.

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Nausea Strategies in HG

While some medications target vomiting (ondansetron/Zofran), there are no medications that specifically target nausea. Some medications used to treat Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) may help reduce nausea but rarely will medications eliminate all nausea. Since there are numerous causes of nausea, treating as many as possible is most effective. This list of strategies may help reduce nausea depending on what is triggering symptoms. None works for everyone, but each may help a little.

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Complications Secondary to Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is not self-limiting, and its impact can last a lifetime for mothers and their children. Until there is recognition of this fact and comprehensive, universal, effective treatment for all HG patients, every level of society will continue to face the costs of HG.

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Heart Health and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

February is Heart Health Month, and the HER Foundation shares 4 ways for you to protect your heart. 

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Dr. Fejzo was invited to speak at the Keystone Conference

Dr. Marlena Fejzo, HER Research Adviser and Board of Directors, was invited to speak at February’s Keystone Conference on Maternal-Fetal Crosstalk in Santa Fe, NM. Dr. Fejzo presented “Evidence the placenta and appetite hormone GDF15 causes nausea and vomiting of pregnancy” and met with experts on maternal/fetal health from around the world. 

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ICHG 2024

Join us November 6-7, 2024 in Ventura, California (near LA), for two days of engaging with top scientists and clinicians specializing in HG management.

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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 and reduce trauma in…

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Our NEW Patient Treatment Overview

What is hyperemesis gravidarum and how is it treated? How do you treat hyperemesis gravidarum in the first trimester? When will hyperemesis gravidarum end? Who is at risk for hyperemesis gravidarum?

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Enteral Nutrition

What is the best treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)?

What is the best treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum? What is the cause of hyperemesis gravidarum? What is hyperemesis gravidarum and how is it treated? Is hyperemesis a high risk pregnancy? How do you relieve hyperemesis gravidarum?

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Why is thiamin (B1) important for HG patients?

Thiamin (or thiamine) is another name for vitamin B1. It is a water-soluble, nontoxic B vitamin that is depleted within 2 weeks of not eating normally. Potentially life-threatening complications can develop for mom and baby if depleted.

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Amy Schumer Joins HER’s Board of Directors

The HER Foundation is thrilled to announce that Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated standup comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director Amy Schumer will join the HER Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

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BJOG publishes HER/USC study on the genetics of HG

The HER Foundation continues the breakthroughs with publication of “Whole-exome sequencing uncovers new variants in GDF15 associated with hyperemesis gravidarum” in BJOG.

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Aijia Grammer in hospital bed for treatment

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) does not look the same for every patient. Learn about the severity levels.

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Levels of Medication for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

Individual response to Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) medication varies due to many factors including genetics and hydration. If a patient is vomiting constantly, oral dosing of medications will likely be ineffective and alternates such as sublingual, transdermal (patch/cream), subcutaneous (subQ), intravenous (IV), or other routes should be considered along with hydration.

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Why we do what we do!

The HER Foundation’s staff, clinicians and referral coordinator volunteer many hours each year to respond to thousands of emails, messages, and calls for help with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). This is core to our mission, and we want to share why we want to expand this service. Enjoy these heartwarming messages and stories.

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HER Psychosocial Research

The HER Foundation’s breakthrough psychosocial study shows that Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is not self limiting and has societal implications.

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mom and meds

Research Summary: Safety of Ondansetron (Zofran) in Pregnancy

Read the latest research on the safety of ondansetron (Zofran) in an HG pregnancy.

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How to Support an Employee with HG or other High Risk Complications of Pregnancy

Dozens of mothers bravely raised their voices about the obstacles that prohibited them from being healthy, productive employees during their pregnancies, including insufficient job security and a lack of compassion from employers. We compiled their responses to make a succinct list employers can refer to when attempting to support employees with HG or other high risk pregnancy complications. 

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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, Russian, and Portuguese.

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Help Eliminate Preventable Complications of HG

The devastating complications of HG are numerous, the silver lining is that a great many of them are preventable with timely, effective, adequate medical care. To this end, the HER Foundation launched the 1 MOM Is 2 Many campaign.

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

When do HG patients call their doctor? When do I go to the hospital with hyperesis gravidarum?

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Do I need fluids? Am I dehydrated?

When do I go to the hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum? When do I need fluids with HG? What are the best treatments for hyperemesis gravidarum?

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Dr. Marlena Fejzo was named one of TIME Women of the Year

TIME named Dr. Marlena Fejzo to its annual TIME Women of the Year list, recognizing extraordinary leaders fighting for a more equal world. Read more about Dr. Fejzo’s journey: “HER…

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Allissa’s HG Reality

Pregnancy is supposed to be an exciting nine months, culminating with the arrival of your precious baby. When I first saw those two lines on the pregnancy test, I was…

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HER’s All-Inclusive HG Community Engagement Platform

The HER Foundation proudly introduces its Community Engagement Platform, a revolutionary space designed exclusively for the Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Community. This platform aims to bring together individuals facing the challenges…

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Navigating Parenting with HG

Parenthood transforms with joy, challenges, and unexpected twists. When HG enters the picture, it adds an extra complexity for both moms and their partners. Coping with severe nausea and vomiting…

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Celebrating the Holidays with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

Holidays are typically a time for joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for those suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) during pregnancy, the festive season can be particularly challenging. HG is characterized…

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Twin Premature babies

KS’s HG Reality

When the Doctor Becomes the Patient Severe hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) requiring hospitalization typically occurs in up to 3% of pregnancies. But sadly, there is still a lack of knowledge regarding…

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Jessica’s HG Reality

In May 2018, my husband and I finally received a positive pregnancy test result. We were thrilled and decided to wait until Mother’s Day to tell our parents. However, my…

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