Hyperemesis Support Update

11 Oct

Further to these two posts, I have recently come across some very useful websites about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (extreme nausea and vomiting in pregnancy). One problem for sufferers in the UK is that treatment is, well, a bit antiquated compared to that available in the US and Canada. So these websites are especially useful because they are tailored towards the UK medical system.

Pregnancy Sickness Support is a great website giving an overview of facts, figures and causes, information about how to cope with the illness in a general way, information for carers (very important too – how partners and families care for HG sufferers has a huge impact), a literature review, and, most crucially, a treatment overview.

There is also a Facebook group which, I think, is linked to this website.

Next, we have the really excellent Pregnancy Sickness SOS, which is a very comprehensive site listing medical research, nutrition tips, information for midwives and a ton of other helpful things. I wish something like this had existed when I was pregnant. They seem to be in the process of setting up a UK Sufferers’ Support Network to help Hyperemesis sufferers via phone, email or in person, which I think is such an excellent idea that I signed up straight away. If you are currently experiencing HG, there is a form you can fill in so someone can hopefully get in touch with you.

Last we have a really lovely blog by a two-time HG survivor who is pregnant again, the aptly named Spewing Mummy. The treatment and lack of support she received from the medical community during her first two HG pregnancies sounds remarkably similar to my own, and she is now doing what she can to raise awareness and treatment standards. Thank you!

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One Response to “Hyperemesis Support Update”

  1. candidaabrahamson May 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    You poor dear. It is such a challenging, debilitating illness–and feels like there’s no end in sight when you’re in the throws of it. I would just add to your great list the Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation (HER) at http://www.helpher.org/. Also, just be aware that tomorrow is First Annual Hyperemesis Gravidarum World Awareness Day, which I posted on at http://wp.me/p22afJ-1gU . It’s all working together to help those ‘spewing mummies.’ (Great title.) Best wishes, Candida

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