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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Disorder Subdivisions

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General Discussion

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a rare disorder characterized by severe and persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that may necessitate hospitalization. As a result of frequent nausea and vomiting, affected women experience dehydration, vitamin and mineral deficit, and the loss of greater than five percent of their original body weight.

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), more widely known as morning sickness, is a common condition of pregnancy. Many researchers believe that NVP should be regarded as a continuum of symptoms that may impact an affected woman's physical, mental and social well-being to varying degrees. Hyperemesis gravidarum represents the severe end of the continuum. No specific line exists that separates hyperemesis gravidarum from NVP; in most cases, affected individuals progress from mild or moderate nausea and vomiting to hyperemesis gravidarum. The exact cause of hyperemesis gravidarum is not known.

Resources

National Women's Health Resource Center
157 Broad Street,
Suite 106
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Tel: (732)530-3425
Fax: (732)530-3347
Tel: (877)986-9472
Email: gcassidy@healthywomen.org
Internet: http://www.healthywomen.org

National Women's Health Network
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4th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
USA
Tel: (202)682-2640
Fax: (202)682-2648
Email: nwhn@nwhn.org
Internet: http://www.womenshealthnetwork.org

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
4401 Ford Avenue
Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22302
USA
Tel: (703)837-4792
Fax: (703)664-0485
Email: info@hmhb.org
Internet: http://www.hmhb.org

NIH/Office of Research on Women's Health
6707 Democracy Blvd Suite 400
Bethesda, MD 20892-5484
Tel: (301)402-1770
Fax: (301)402-1798
Email: ODORWH-research@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://orwh.od.nih.gov/

NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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Building 31, Room 2A32
MSC2425
Bethesda, MD 20892
Fax: (866)760-5947
Tel: (800)370-2943
TDD: (888)320-6942
Email: NICHDInformationResourceCenter@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

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Last Updated:  1/20/2012
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