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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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Switch Off The TV And Tune In To Your Heart

This week we have an article shared with us by Alison Howley, Mother of two and founder of From The Womb To The World in Australia, which invites women to really think about what they’re exposing themselves to when they watch birthing shows on T.V.  Please feel free to share your comments.

Last week, I came across another ‘real’ birth documentary series, ‘The Midwives.’ Set in a busy hospital in the UK, as I tuned in part way through an episode, my heart sang as a midwife talked about how perplexed she was that the caesarean section rate had soared since she started working there; stating that neither women’s bodies nor abilities have changed, so why are so many women unable to trust in themselves and the process of birth. I was thinking, yes, finally a series which is actually about empowering women! I was elated, and so looking forward to the depicted births… silly me, I forgot that I was watching television, and birth on television or in movies usually equates to the instilling of fear and dramatic life and death scenes – enough is enough – this is not birth!

Woman-in-labour

When we find out we’re pregnant, it’s natural to immerse ourselves in all things pregnancy and birth. We become both the hunters and gatherers of information, and if this is our first pregnancy, it’s pretty likely that we’ll start seeking out shows like ‘The Midwives’ or ‘One Born Every Minute.’ We’re most likely quite nervous and apprehensive about our impending births, but like moths to a flame, we just can’t resist the temptation to switch on the TV to watch other women do what we’ll be doing. If it’s only one bit of advice you heed – switch off the TV and tune in to your heart.

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