We’re shining a light on HG Truths!
May 15th is International HG Awareness Day (HGAD), and we’re shining a light on HG Truths all month! The HER Foundation is the global voice of HG, and we are proud to celebrate the 10th annual HGAD. Together, we can change the future for the next generation.
Three ways to help before HG Awareness Month begins:
- Add an HG Awareness frame to your social media: search for hyperemesis and HER Foundation.
- Order Provider Packets for the 2021 HG Challenge.
- Invite others to follow the HER Foundation and our 1 MOM is 2 Many campaign to learn more about HG.
Throughout the month of May, we will be educating about HG Truths, sharing stories, and celebrating the international HG community. Be sure to do these HG Truths!
Host a fundraiser for the HER Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, or in your local community.
Give 2 HER and support our mission to support, educate, research, and advocate for families facing HG. Please consider a recurring monthly donation.
Unite with HGers across the globe in HG Chats on Zoom: we’re cohosting chats on every contentinent except Antarctica. Watch social for dates and times.
Tag friends and family on HER social media, so they can learn about HG. Remember to follow the Facebook event, so you don’t miss anything!
Help educate in the HG Challenge by sharing a Provider Packet with a maternal health provider in your area.
Share the reality about HG with a pic in your tougHGirls of HG tee or pictures and stories from your experience.
Share the Facts about Hyperemesis Gravidarum
- HG, hyperemesis gravidarum, is a pregnancy disease marked by weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to severe nausea and/or vomiting.
- 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 400,000 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.
Shine a light for research!
Shine a light for education!
Shine a light for the next generation!