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More than Morning Sickness: Kate Middleton's Pregnancy Announcement Draws Attention to Rare Pregnancy Condition Known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)
Date:12/3/2012

jzo, who has been heading up the research for HG at UCLA says, "I hope that Duchess Middleton is getting proper support and care including a thiamine shot if she is unable to tolerate vitamins to prevent a severe but completely avoidable HG-related condition, Wernicke's Encephalopathy.  I also hope the suffering of Duchess Middleton leads to more awareness, funding, and participation in research for this devastating and misunderstood pregnancy disease so that scientists like myself, can find answers.  My research focuses on identification of genes and risk factors for HG to identify the cause and cure and working with the HER Foundation."

Diagnosis is usually made by measuring weight loss, checking for ketones, and assessing the overall condition of the mother. Early intervention is critical.  Severe vomiting and nausea alone can cause complications including debilitating fatigue, gastric irritation, ketosis and malnutrition. Aggressive care early in pregnancy is very important to prevent these and more life-threatening complications.

"We can only hope that this amount of awareness will truly help educate the public, media and the medical profession about HG. We also hope through this awareness HG will finally receive the research funding it so desperately needs. HG is so much more than just morning sickness, it is a debilitating condition of pregnancy that needs to be taken seriously" King said.

For more information, visit the HER Foundation website at www.helpher.org or www.facebook.com/HERFoundation

Media Contact: Anne Marie King HER Foundation, 703-399-1272, annmarie@helpher.org

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