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

We recently asked our HG community to share their own “behind the scenes” work stories. 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…

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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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We all love a happy ending: update from Rachel

We did it! My daughter, Dakota Aoibhinn, and I survived Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She is a thriving, smiley, giggly four month old, and we couldn’t be more in love with her.  My husband and I had always wanted a big family, but the thought of surviving another HG pregnancy sends waves of nausea through my body…

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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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HG Truths: HG and Primary Hyperparathyroidism

When two things don’t mix well… A memoir about HG and Primary Hyperparathyroidism by Nikki Reaching a diagnosis of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) was a long journey for us, but as Thomas Fuller put it, “A disease known is half cured.” We went through three difficult pregnancies with the usual runaround of “its morning sickness,” “it…

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