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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Studies performed to determine the cause of HG have been inconclusive. It is thought that estrogen, progesterone, adrenal, and pituitary hormones all play a part. Psychological and social factors also seem to have a connection. For example, women who are having an unwanted pregnancy; or young, unwed mothers who feel harassed by their parents for their "mistake" seem to have a higher incidence of HG. The disease is also more common among women with a higher body weight, no previous completed pregnancies, those who are carrying twins, first-time pregnancies, and those with a history of HG in previous pregnancies. It is becoming clear that HG is a complex physiological disease probably caused by multiple factors.

Acupressure and hypnosis has been shown to help some women suffering from HG. The pressure point to reduce nausea is located at the middle of the inner wrist and applying pressure to this point may help some HG sufferers. Seabands that use this pressure point can be purchased at many drug stores.

The HER Foundation, or Hyperemesis Education & Research Foundation, provides education and support for mothers suffering from HG and those who care for them. You can contact them at

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