What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) 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. Hyperemesis is estimated to affect 0.3-3.6% of pregnancies with approximately 3,000 hospitalisations annually in Ireland.
"HG made my pregnancy horrendous and almost unbearable. I considered termination for a very much wanted pregnancy, hard to fathom as I hold my daughter in my arms. I was extremely depressed. One of the most difficult things has been the real possibility that we will not have another child, as the likelihood is I would suffer with HG again. Anyone who dismisses HG as 'morning sickness' has clearly never been through it." - Lizzie, Dublin
As well as surviving HG itself, patients also face increased risk of complications. It is our mission to ensure early access to best-practice treatments and support for HG patients in Ireland. Read more about us here.
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Check out resources here. We can also 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.