Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day May 15

May 15 2012 will be the first ever annual hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) awareness day. The day is being run by the organisation Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation (HER). HG sends some 285,000 women to the hospital in the U.S. each year.

There is virtually nothing known about hyperemesis gravidarum. There are theories as to what causes it (but no one knows for sure), there are some remedies that may help but usually do not, and a vague link to it being genetic. Recent studies have also indicated that HG can affect our children into their adult lives. There is certainly no cure, and no real effective treatment. So as you can see for an illness that effects so many women and can be potentially fatal.

I suffered terribly with HG during my pregnancy with my little monkey and have talked about my own HG experience previously and the after effects a year later.

I urge you all to go to the HER website and read about what HG is and how it affects a sufferers life (and the lives of those around them). Assist with their research programs where possible, and most of all promote awareness where you can.

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