HG Awareness Day
Observed on May 15th each year, HG Awareness Day is an international event to increase awareness of the pregnancy disease called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). The goal of the awareness day is to build a broader community for those who have suffered with HG and to increase knowledge of this condition which is often confused with morning sickness.
While morning sickness goes away for most mother’s to be in after the first trimester, HG remains throughout the whole pregnancy usually. HG can be a life-threatening disease of pregnancy that affects at least 1% of pregnancies. HG is characterized by dehydration, weight loss, debility, electrolyte imbalances, and malnutrition due to excessive nausea and/or vomiting. It requires medical treatment by skilled health professionals to prevent severe complications.
More severe cases often require a stay in the hospital so that the mother can receive fluid and nutrition through an intravenous line (IV). Bed rest for the mom to be may also be needed.
It is obviously hard for the mom to be to struggle with HG, but also for the whole family. The spouse may feel helpless and the other children in the family might not understand why mommy is so sick or spends all day in bed or sick in the bathroom. This can lead to guilt in the mom on top of the struggle of just being sick. Much support will be needed for her.
As I write this post, it feels personal to me, as I had a daughter who went through this with her first pregnancy. It was awful to watch her suffer day after day, month after month, all the way until the end of her pregnancy. She was in and out of the hospital and I don’t think she felt normal once for nine months. It made me so sad, as I had such good pregnancies and enjoyed them so much, and knowing she could not experience that. Not to mention all the worry that she and her baby would be ok.
So I hope this HG Awareness Day really does bring attention to this awful disease. I hope one day this disease is figured out and a cure is found. My heart is with anyone suffering from this. ♥
Help and Support HG Forums and Blogs
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum Support Forum
- Oh Baby HG Support Forum
- Her HG Stories
- HER Foundation
- HG Insights
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