Hope you had a wonderful time with family this Christmas! Best wishes for 2018 from all of us at HER! Thank you to all who donated to #Give2HER to make this year a success!
As we say goodbye to an amazing year, we welcome 2017 and eagerly await the exciting events ahead. From a 5k to medical conferences and new research, HER will achieve even more this year. We have impacted the lives of over 17,000 women this past year, and thanks to your donations, are able to be your voice at the largest OB conference, ACOG, in May 2017. See our end of the year report:
With your help, we will make 2017 the #BestYearEver!
Representatives from 12 nations convened in Bergen, Norway last week to present the latest research on HG at the First World Colloquium on Hyperemesis Gravidarum. HG researchers, obstetricians, psychologists, leaders of support groups, and HG patients were present. The Chair of the Conference, Jone Trovik, plans to create an International Society for HG Research. Creating guidelines for core outcomes and priorities for future clinical trials were discussed. The group plans to reconvene in 2 years.
An important part of the HER Foundation’s mission is empowering families with facts, resources, and tools to advocate for needed care during pregnancy. Therefore, our website is rich with information for HG Moms and families. Here are some of the most popular pages:
Read our Survival Guides with tips and strategies for coping with HG. Also find downloadable tools to document and journal symptoms.
Medications, typical dosages, side-effects, and related research can be viewed on this page.
Find or add a health professional at this link. The Referral Network is updated on an ongoing basis as moms submit health professionals worldwide.
Find the info to make a medical protocol prior to conception as well as physically and mentally prepare for another HG pregnancy.
First World Colloquium on Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Bergen, Norway 20. – 21. October 2015
Show your support and let your healthcare providers know about this upcoming conference. It is primarily intended for health professionals but anyone is welcome. Dr. Fejzo who heads our research will be one of the speakers. The HER Foundation is the voice for HG mothers!
The HER Foundation has struggled mightily with the decision to take a year off from the HER5K. For 2015, we want to take the time to simply focus on the mission and vision of the Foundation and we need to raise more funds in order to make the race happen!
The HER Foundation relies 100% on donations, as it receives no private or government funding. This year we plan to focus more on educating the medical community by attending medical conferences that include nurses, midwives, nutritionists, and OBGYNs who need to hear our plea of better healthcare for HG women. This is one of the most important reasons the HER Foundation exists . . . to make sure your stories and your voices are heard by us speaking up for you. The medical community must understand that better healthcare is crucial for HG women.
As we look forward to sponsoring the race again in 2016, we want the many of you who have attended and supported the event in the past to know that 100% of whatever you choose to contribute will directly support our charitable endeavors. We hope you will join us next year and want to once again thank you for your continued support, dedication and friendship over the years!
That said, don’t forget that MAY 15TH is the annual HG Awareness Day. We are in the process of putting together “HG Meet up Groups” around the globe. On the weekend of May 15th, women can find a nearby group to meet and discuss all things HG or just simply enjoy each others company while hopefully having a fantastic meal, which we all miss so much during our HG pregnancies. We hope you will share your photos on our Facebook page and appreciate all the fundraising you do as well.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN DC FOR THE 2016 HER5K!
The HER Foundation would like to thank all of our volunteers, supporters and donors in 2014! More research is being done on HG in the world today than has ever been done in history! This is because of your support and adding your voices to the cause! A special virtual hug to all of our volunteers who make the HER Foundation what it is and to the donors who keep us going. To HG moms everywhere please know you are not alone and we are here to help you!
We’ve complied a chart that differentiates between morning sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
|Morning Sickness||Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)|
|You lose little if any weight.||You lose 5-20 pounds or more. (> 5% of prepregnancy weight)|
|Nausea and vomiting do not interfere with your ability to eat or drink enough each day.||Nausea and vomiting cause you to eat very little and get dehydrated if not treated.|
|You vomit infrequently and the nausea is episodic but not severe. You have significant discomfort and misery.||You vomit, or feel the need to, often and may vomit bile or blood if not treated. Nausea is usually moderate to severe and constant.|
|Traditional remedies like diet or lifestyle changes are enough to help you feel better most of the time.||You will probably require fluid hydration through an IV and/or medications to ease your symptoms.|
|You typically improve after the first trimester, but may be queasy at times throughout pregnancy.||You usually feel some relief by mid-pregnancy, but may be nauseous and/or vomit until late pregnancy.|
|You will be able to work most days and care for your family, though less than usual at times.||You will likely be unable to work for weeks or months, and may need help just caring for yourself.|
|You may feel a bit depressed at times, especially if you have more severe nausea, but are able to be your usual self most of the time. You will likely forget most of the unpleasantness after delivery.||You may feel anxious about what lies ahead if you had HG before. You will likely become depressed due to misery and physical depletion. More severe HG often is traumatic and may impact you for years to come.|