This site exists to provide information to sufferers of a severe type of pregnancy sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and is written and administered by women who have suffered from HG. It is based on our collective experience and is intended to help other sufferers to cope with, and obtain treatment for this devastating condition.
GET THE FACTS ABOUT HYPEREMESIS FROM CURRENT RESEARCH see the Survey Results Summary page for more details. Survey Results Summary. Very little research exists to specifically describe HG as a distinct from morning sickness. We conducted a survey between June 2011 and July 2012 of 114 women with HG. The findings show the contrast between HG and morning sickness (MS). For example
- MS relieves by 12 weeks on average, whereas 68% of our respondents had symptoms till birth
- MS can be helped by ginger but none of our respondents said that ginger had helped them.
It is the unfortunate case that many GPs in the UK are unaware that many antiemetics can be safely prescribed in pregnancy, even in the first trimester. For information about treatments in the UK see Treatments. For tips on what to do if your GP does not know how to or refuses to prescribe medication see Obtaining Treatment. For links to treatment protocols published in peer reviewed academic journals see Documents and abstracts from recent research Research.
To help women who are isolated and need a friendly ear, Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) have set up a national network of former sufferers. You can request or offer support through the link (UK Sufferers Support Network). For other links and support forums see Support and Links.
If you have any tips, comments or suggestions let us know using the Your Comments page.
Pregnancy Sickness Support have a new online forum for support PSS forum
The NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary for Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy has been updated, see the details here
Exciting news for sufferers in the USA, a version of the Canadian drug Diclectin has just been licensed for use in pregnancy Diclegis licensed. For a full text article of research showing that preemptive treatment with Diclectin is effective see Maltepe 2013 Preemptive Diclectin
Emma Gallie is raising funds for Pregnancy Sickness Support by running 5k a day for 50 days. Donate at Emma Gallie Virgin money giving
The 2013 Pregnancy Sickness Support conference will take place in Birmingham on 6th July. Click the link for more information and to register PSS conference 2013
The media interest in HG following the announcement of The Duchess of Cambridge's admission to hospital for HG has thrown up a lot of debate. Sadly, a lot of it is ill informed and the typical trivialising nonsense about ginger, crackers and sucking boiled sweets is surfacing in a lot of places. On the plus side, a lot of Pregnancy Sickness Support volunteers and trustees are out there setting the record straight. For facts, not old wives tales about HG, see the PSS website.
The HER Foundation have donated $46,000 to UCLA geneticists to carry out research into the causes of HG HER donation to UCLA geneticist
See Express Article HG to read about Andrea McEwans experience of having HG. It's a well written article with comments from the founders of Pregnancy Sickness Support.
May 15th 2012 is the date of the First Annual Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day, See http://www.hyperemesis.org/ for more information.
A new hyperemesis clinic has recently opened at Birmingham Women's Hospital Birmingham HG clinic
The UK Support Network is currently establishing regional team leaders who will be a central contact point for volunteers and sufferers in their area. At present there are no team leaders in the North East of England - could you volunteer for this task? Submit a form on the UK Sufferers Support Network page.
Oxford City and South Oxfordshire have set up a Hospital at Home (H@H) service which runs from 8am-10pm. At a recent talk, a husband of a HG sufferer asked if they would support HG patients. The reply was 'in certain circumstances'. It is worth trying to contact them if you live in the Oxford area - Team mobile - 07785345540.