The International Colloquium on HG in London (Oct 5-6) was a great success! Two presentations (1, 2) explained how ketones should not be required to be diagnosed with HG or given treatment. Some women are denied IV fluids if they do not have ketones.
What are ketones? They are produced when the body is starving and uses fat versus carbohydrates as fuel.
Ketones do not always correlate with weight loss or symptoms severity. They do predict a longer duration of hospitalization.
- Find a doctor who offers compassionate and expert treatment of HG. The HER Foundation website has a list of doctors throughout the United States and in over 15 countries worldwide. These doctors have been recommended by those who experienced HG.
- Find an advocate to speak on your behalf to doctors, nurses and family/friends so they know what you need and how you are responding to treatment. When ill, it’s difficult to remember details and deal with issues about managing HG.
- Find an educated group of HG women who know what you are enduring. This is why the HER Foundation was created over a decade ago. So many myths surround HG, people will make rude and insensitive comments like “Just eat some crackers” or “Oh, I had that and just had to force myself to eat.” HG survivors can help you deal with those uneducated about HG and direct you to HER Foundation web pages with expert information you can share with them. You will find support on our website forums and Facebook page.
The HER Foundation can help you find a doctor in your area and provide you with a supportive volunteer. If you need immediate help contact GetHelpNow@HelpHER.org.
We’ve compiled a chart that describes the Severity Levels of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.