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  •  Possible genetic component in HG (1+ / 0-)
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    There may be a genetic component to HG, although little medical research has been done to prove or disprove this, since it is just a women's health issue, after all.  

    There was a study published in 2008 that indicated that women with first-degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter) and less closely related individuals (grandmother, aunt, cousin) were more likely to experience HG.  

    I had severe HG, requiring hospitalization and IV hydration and feeding with both of my pregnancies, lost over ten pounds during the first trimesters of both, and I was a small  woman to start with.  Both of my babies were very healthy, thank goodness, eight pounds and over.  

    My mother had what - in retrospect - would be diagnosed as HG - with one of her pregnancies.

    One of my two daughters had unpleasant morning sickness with her first pregnancy, but definite HG with her second.  HG was better understood by this time, and she definitely got excellent care from her midwives.  I'm grateful that all of the babies did well.  All four of our children were born at home and we both feel that we got better care from our midwives than we did from the doctors with whom we had contact during our pregnancies.  

    I think the good care we got from our midwives had to do with a lot of things, but my experience is that women are more likely to take other women seriously, and understood that we weren't simply exaggerating our morning sickness, but truly had problems that required extra care.  

    Anyway, we wonder to what degree genes contribute to this problem.  

    I have no help to send. Therefore I must go myself. Aragorn

    by Old Gardener on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:56:46 PM PST

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