What is HG?
Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) are generally under appreciated and under researched conditions which affect thousands of woman every year. Women experience severe and prolonged nausea and vomiting, 24/7 for months on end leading to isolation and depression. Without treatment HG can be dangerous with complications for both mum and baby. Before modern treatments such as IV therapy, it was the leading cause of death in early pregnancy.
Team PSS hopes to highlight the fact that unlike “morning sickness” which is generally over by 12 weeks, HG more commonly persists throughout the pregnancy and 60% of women will still have symptoms by the time they give birth. 65% of women do not have the number of children they would like due to HG.
There are a number of safe and effective treatments available for NVP and HG in the UK but access to treatment is frequently a healthcare lottery. Our peer support network provides support for women suffering NVP and HG through their pregnancy from registered, trained and insured volunteers who have suffered themselves.
By joining Team PSS you are not only supporting the work of the charity you are also supporting and validating the experience of the thousands of sufferers and survivors across the UK.
Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) is the only UK national charity supporting women with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). It provides a telephone helpline and an online forum as well as a national peer support network for sufferers to access. It also educates and supports healthcare professionals treating the condition.
The charity provides information leaflets and a website with all the latest information about treatments as well help with a wide range of issues such as coping strategies, employment rights, information for carers and preparation for further HG pregnancies.
Our journey. Our passion.
Just a little insight to the dedication of our volunteers…