We’ve held it in for over a year, but now the exciting HG news is out! The HER Foundation was consulted about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) for Amy Schumer’s docuseries, Expecting Amy. Directed by Alexander Hammer, the three part docuseries tells the story of Schumer’s marriage, comedy tour, and HG pregnancy. This series brings light to many of the serious complications women can face with HG pregnancies face combined with the struggle to maintain a professional life and personal relationships.
HER’s Co-founder and Executive Director, Kimber MacGibbon, provides expertise on HG and the maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity risks. While many see HG as a miserable pregnancy, which Schumer proves to be true, HG is more than that. It is a life altering experience and put survivors at increased risk of preeclampsia, placental abruption, sepsis, embolism, preterm delivery, PTSD, PMADs, job loss, relationship issues, long term health issues. Offspring face increased risk of small for gestational age (SGA), neurodevelopmental delays, and autism spectrum disorders.
This docuseries is an important moment for the HER Foundation for a few reasons. Schumer reaches an audience that spans the globe as her comedic style and fame attract a variety of fans. For Schumer to use her platform to show moments and footage that capture the HG experience is validating for HG moms and insightful for healthcare providers. Additionally, Schumer took this opportunity to educate viewers on HG and the risks. Famed for her blunt comedy, this series exposes a very raw, human side as she faces the challenges of HG.