Just the facts: HG
Before the age of modern medicine, it was common for women to die from HG if their babies did not die first. While maternal death is very rare now, it still does occur, and other complications such as kidney failure, esophageal tears, malnutrition, ulcers and neurologic complications are still seen far too often. There are consequences for the baby as well. Traditionally, it was assumed that the baby takes what nutrition it needs from mom and does not suffer any consequences from HG. However, newer research has shown that there is a higher risk of miscarriage in the second trimester of pregnancy when the HG is most severe. There may also be a higher risk of certain neurodevelopmental disorders. Termination of pregnancy occurs in 10% of pregnancies, often in desperation when effective care isn’t offered.
Filed under: HG, Hyperemesis Gravidarum
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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