The HER Foundation is the global voice of HG, and we are proud to celebrate the 11th annual HG Awareness Day on May 15th. Throughout the month of May, the international hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) community is educating about #HGimpact! Together, we are changing the future for the next generation.
How can you make an impact?
- Join the 2022 HG Challenge to Educate
- Donate to get more answers
- Host a fundraiser for the HER Foundation
- Share your story and tag HER
- Raise awareness with our buzzkit
- Volunteer with the HER Foundation
- Join our Facebook event
- Wear a tougHGirls of HG tee
- Invite others to follow HER and our 1 MOM is 2 Many campaign to learn more about HG.
Share the Facts about Hyperemesis Gravidarum
- HG, hyperemesis gravidarum, is defined as a potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease that may cause malnutrition, dehydration, debility, and weight loss due to severe nausea and/or vomiting, and may cause long-term health issues for mother and baby(ies).
- HG is not the “morning sickness” of healthy, normal pregnancies. It is a distinct diagnosis marked by severe and relentless symptoms that pose significant risks to the health of both mom and baby. Over 1/3rd of HG babies do not make it to term.
- HG babies are at increased risk for low birth weight, small size for gestational age, and preterm birth. In utero exposure to HG is linked to a 3.6-fold increased risk of emotional/behavioral & developmental disorders, and autism.
- Up to 15% of HG pregnancies are lost to therapeutic terminations, citing “no hope for relief.” Current treatments are not always adequate to prevent termination of these wanted pregnancies.
- Mothers with more severe HG can experience pneumothorax, organ rupture, retinal detachment and blindness, eardrum and jaw damage, rib fractures, esophageal tears, the neurological syndrome Wernicke’s encephalopathy, or even death.
- 18% of women report full criteria of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) following an HG pregnancy. More than half of mothers have post-traumatic stress symptoms.
- In 2016, the nearly 425,000 emergency and inpatient visits for HG in the U.S. cost more than $3,000,000,000. Outpatient treatment, medications, and nutritional therapy were additional.
- HG is the leading cause of hospitalization in early pregnancy, and is second only to preterm labor as the most common overall cause of hospitalization during pregnancy.
- Participate in HG research.
- Become an advocate.
- Make a gift to the HER Foundation.
- Share your story and support other HG moms.
- Become a HER Foundation volunteer.
- Blog about HG and show support for HER.
- Share resources with local health professionals and hospitals.
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