The trauma inflicted by Hyperemesis Gravidarum can be long lasting. Up to 18% of HG survivors are diagnosed with full criteria PTSD while others suffer with symptoms and still more go undiagnosed. Here at the HER Foundation, our goal is that no mother suffers alone. June is PTSD Awareness Month! We want to empower you and share our research and resources to help you advocate for your mental and physical health.
Common symptoms of PTSD after HG:
- Nightmares of HG
- Re-experiencing stressors
- Avoiding situations that remind you of HG
- Feeling numb
- Hyperarousal/being overly alert
- panic/anxiety surrounding nausea and vomit
- Fear of pregnancy
What you can do next:
- Find treatment. Speak with your medical provider and seek out a referral to a mental health professional.
- Therapies such as CPT, EMDR, and medication have been shown to be successful in treating PTSD.
- Seek community with other HG survivors.
- Write about your experience.
The HER Foundation is here to help and support families facing HG across the globe! Together, we are changing the future for the next generation.