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Welcome to Hyperemesis Ireland

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a complication of pregnancy in which women experience extreme levels of nausea and vomiting. Unlike regular pregnancy sickness which affects around 70-80% of pregnant women to some degree and is considered a normal, if unpleasant, part of pregnancy, hyperemesis is not normal and can be potentially life threatening without adequate treatment. 

Around 1 in 100-150 pregnant women will be admitted to hospital due to the dehydration and malnutrition that hyperemesis can cause. Many more women will need time of work due to nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Living with severe levels of nausea and/or vomiting for any length of time can have a profoundly negative impact on a person's health and well-being. 

In the past, hyperemesis gravidarum was sometimes thought to be a psychosomatic illness and women were often accused of mentally rejecting their baby. Thankfully this has been completely disproved and it is well established to be a biological condition although its causes have yet to be fully understood. Unfortunately there is a persistent stigma around sickness in pregnancy and a common belief that medication should not be used in pregnancy. Again, this is not true and leads to a significant amount of suffering when treatment for severe symptoms is refused. Many treatments are safe, even in early pregnancy and there are guidelines doctors can follow for prescribing them. 

Hyperemesis can be an incredibly lonely condition as many women are housebound for months and often feel misunderstood or not believed. 

Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare Professionals

We can offer training and support for healthcare professionals and hospitals wanting to improve services offered for hyperemesis gravidarum. If you would like to know more about how Hyperemesis Ireland can support your practice please get in touch.


Who are we?

A national charity set up to support sufferers of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and its severe form; Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

We are working hard researching the cause and treatment of NVP and HG and produce educational and supportive information for sufferers, carers and health care professionals. 


Hyperemesis Gravidarum - the Definitive GuideThe brilliant new book Hyperemesis Gravidarum - The Definitive Guide is out now and available on Amazon!

Get Involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved with us.

To apply to volunteer you can fill out an online application form.