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Severe Morning Sickness – Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

This week we have an article on severe morning sickness/hyperemesis gravidarum shared with us by Miriam Erick from Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A.  Erick is a Registered Dietitian/nutritionist and author of ‘Managing Morning Sickness: A Survival Guide for Pregnant Women’ and ‘Take Two Crackers and Call Me in the Morning! A Real-Life Guide for Surviving Morning Sickness.’  Erick has had her work on HG published in the UK journal -Medical Hypotheses and the American Journal of Medical Genetics.  Please feel free to share your comments on this article.

Morning sickness book author helps to organizes a HERS Boston Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Awareness Day (HGAD)

The announcement regarding an upcoming international Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Awareness Day 2015 was discovered incidentally by Registered dietitian/nutritionist and morning sickness book author, Miriam Erick, getting computer lessons by business consultant Ed Bartley in Newton, Massachusetts. Instantly, plans to convene a “HGAD” began when Erick reviewed the Meet UP List: few dozen US cities and a locale in Spain were listed but not Boston.

As a result, a small but seriously determined group of severe morning sickness/hyperemesis gravidarum survivors convened in a Meet Up Group on cool gray Saturday afternoon on May 16, 2015, at Fresh City in Newton, Massachusetts. While the all-male wait staff at Fresh City had no idea about HG at all, they graciously and attentively supplied commentary iced tea and iced coffee to the HERS contingent. The HERS (Hyperemesis Education and Research and Support) Foundation logo was prominent signage at the entryway in Fresh City to announce the event and the Fresh City group received a crash course in the problem of HG.

Ironically and only recently has the average person known severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, known medically as hyperemesis gravidarum exists. This old Greek terminology confuses many. Way too technical and way too difficult to pronounce is the consensus of opinion. [“hyper” means “a lot”. “emesis” means vomit. “gravid” means pregnant woman] As dehydration in any situation is life-threatening—so does HG present the same critical life-threatening problem.

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