Hyperemesis Gravidarum Research is Gaining Traction in the Medical Community
Many women experience “morning sickness” in pregnancy. It’s not very nice but it’s a regular part of pregnancy and is usually a distant memory by the second trimester. But what if morning sickness was so severe you couldn’t move without puking, you couldn’t eat or drink without vomiting it back up and it didn’t stop at 12 weeks but went on for months and months? Then you wouldn’t have morning sickness… you would have hyperemesis gravidarum (HG for short).
HG is a serious and dangerous condition that a handful of unlucky pregnant women get and it needs treatment. But the problem is we don’t know what the best treatments are or even why some women get it when others don’t. But there is research going on into both of those things and many other issues around HG such as the impact on the baby, the mental health toll on the mum, and so on.
This year there is a big international conference specifically on HG research and treatment happening in the United Kingdom and researchers from the US will be there. Geneticist Dr. Marlena Fejzo and nurse researcher Kimber McGibbon, founder of the Hyperemesis Education and Research (HER) Foundation, are flying over to present their cutting edge research to colleagues from around the globe.
Among other things they have been looking into the genes that could be responsible for HG, which we already know can run in families, and they have made a number of exciting discoveries which they’ll be presenting at the “ICHG” conference in October. Marlena tells us more
“We have made significant progress in identifying the genes linked to HG. The proteins encoded by these genes represent new and exciting targets for therapy that will be presented at the conference.” – Geneticist, Dr. Marlena Fejzo
In addition to research, there will be practical sessions about how doctors and nurses can give the best care and treatments for HG and Kimber is presenting her new tool for assessing HG.
Bringing together the world’s leading researchers in hyperemesis gravidarum this two-day event will provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to hear about the latest developments and innovative treatments for this complex condition.
To find out more about the conference, on October 5-6th 2017 in the historic and royal town of Windsor, UK, go to ICHG2017.org.
To read more from WhoaBella on HG visit our 5 Things I Learned While Living With Hyperemesis Gravidarum post.
To sign the national petition to Increase Awareness of and Research for Hyperemesis Gravidarum click HERE!