Aijia Grammer in hospital bed for treatment

What is HG?

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

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Dr. Fejzo is featured in Inverse

Dr. Marlena Fejzo, geneticist and HER’s Research Advisor and member of the Board of Directors, was featured in the Inverse article, “When morning sickness kills: doctors have dismissed hyperemesis gravidarum for decades, but new researc could undo this harmful legacy.”

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Complications Secondary to Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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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Levels of Medication for Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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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Show the Impact

Help the HER Foundation show HG’s impact in May. Share your photos of HG treatments and challenges, so we can educate about what hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is really like!

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Why HG Patients Need More Thiamin than Their Healthy Counterparts

We frequently receive questions about why HG patients need more thiamin than their healthy counterparts. A pregnant Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) patient cannot eat a nutrient rich diet and may not be able to eat at all. A healthy pregnant patient can eat a nutrient rich diet that includes a variety of foods.

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Nausea Strategies

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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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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Dr. Marlena Fejzo

2021 HG Research: A Summary

2021 has been a busy year for HER research, and we’re finding answers to your questions about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). We’ve had papers published and given presentations. We also have papers under review in scientific journals, abstracts being reviewed for presentation at ACOG, new studies being kicked-off, and we are continuing ongoing research projects.

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