Helendale, CA, June 09, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Studies show while 70 to 85 percent of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness during pregnancy, one percent of these women suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. HG is the most severe form of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy that, if left untreated, can be life-threatening for the mother and her unborn baby. The Ayden Rae Foundation has designated the second week in June (June 9 – 15, 2013) as HG Awareness Week, where the community is encouraged to spread the word about this devastating disorder throughout the world.
The extreme vomiting and nausea caused by HG leads to more than 5 percent weight loss. Dehydration, malnutrition, and other serious complications are the result of the "unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids." There is currently no known cause or cure for HG. Treatment often consists of feeding tubes, intravenous and/or oral anti-nausea medications, home health care, and frequent hospitalization.
This debilitating disorder is considered a rare pregnancy complication by most medical professionals. However, in recent years, increased awareness has provided contradictory evidence. HG is the most common cause of hospitalization in the first half of pregnancy and the second most common cause of hospitalization during pregnancy overall. It is associated with serious maternal and fetal morbidity, such as Wernicke's encephalopathy, coagulopathy, peripheral neuropathy, fetal growth restriction, and even maternal and fetal death.
Ayden Rae Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, creates awareness and provides support for women and families suffering from HG. The foundation was founded by Vanessa and Perry Pack in 2011 and is named in honor of their daughter, Ayden Rae Pack, who lost her life to HG at 23 weeks gestation.
“Our goal is to eliminate Hyperemesis Gravidarum; a condition that will no longer be allowed to claim the innocent and destroy the lives of those who are left living without the babies they loved and wanted,” says Vanessa.
Foundation headquarters are based in Helendale, California. There are currently 30 chapters worldwide. The foundation’s goal is to have a local chapter in every city, state and country. Chapters are lead by local HG survivors.