Calling HG morning sickness is like calling a hurricane a little rain.
Jeremy King, Co-founder of HER Foundation.
What is HG? HG is hyperemesis gravidarum: a potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease that causes chronic malnutrition, dehydration, and debility due to severe nausea and vomiting, and may cause long-term health issues for mom/baby.
HG was 10 unbearable weeks of constant suffering, horrifying for me, horrifying for my family, and deadly for my innocent, unborn child. When I recovered, I was shocked to learn that there was so little scientific research on HG, and there and then, decided to devote my life to studying HG.
Marlena Fejzo, Geneticist | HG survivor
What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)?
HG is hyperemesis gravidarum: a potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease that may cause weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration, and debility due to severe nausea and vomiting, and may cause long-term health issues for mom and baby.
Comparison of Morning Sickness and HG
|Area Impacted:||Morning Sickness:||Hyperemesis Gravidarum:|
|Employment||May lose up to a month of employment, work part-time and/or use sick time. Job performance may be reduced.||Often are unable to work for weeks or months and may lose their job or be forced to resign.|
|Daily Activities||Can perform most necessary responsibilities at some point during the day or week when symptoms are less intense.||May be unable to perform even simple household chores or care for themselves (shower, drive, etc.) when symptoms are severe.|
|Energy Level||Fatigue is mild to moderate and decreases workload. Rest is needed to alleviate symptoms.||Fatigue may be severe for weeks or months. Bed rest is often a necessity. Prolonged fatigue is very common.|
|Relationships & Socialization||Relationships may be stressed but social functioning is only temporarily reduced.||Relationships are often greatly strained and may dissolve. Isolation is common and may lead to depression. Abuse and neglect of the mother may occur.|
|Finances||Financial loss due to medical care, loss of work, and use of sick time is significant, but usually manageable.||Financial loss due to medical care, loss of income, and additional paid services (child care) can be devastating.|
|Stress Level||Psychological stress is mild to moderate and may result in depression during/after pregnancy that may resolve without treatment.||Psychological stress is typically moderate to severe and often results in anxiety, depression and trauma that may be prolonged. May require treatment.|
|Recovery||Postpartum recovery is typical and usually takes a few months.||Postpartum recovery is prolonged, averaging 6 months to 2 years.|