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Coping with Infant Loss at any Stage

You've probably heard of a labor doula. Someone who stays by your side throughout the labor and delivery and afterbirth process to provide physical and emotional support. A bereavement doula is just how it sounds, someone to stay by your side while you grieve the loss of your baby. I had never heard of a bereavement doula but after getting acquainted with Kathleen Garcia, I'm glad that there is someone out who wants to help parents walk through one of the hardest of life's experiences:...


HCG Mutations and other possible causes of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Dr. Joseph Sgroi was talking about Hyperemesis Gravidarum on twitter recently and we chatted (tweeted? Twittered?) about a few different things related to that, so I thought it would be fun to have him on to talk about what he sees in his practice in Melbourne, Australia. In this episode: Here is an article To get in touch with Dr. Joseph Sgroi: Website: Twitter: Facebook:


What it's like to have HG in the Netherlands

Jessica Spry-Sinay lives in the Netherlands with her husband and 2 daughters. She wanted to share her experience with two HG pregnancies and hear about the differences in treatment and care in other countries. She volunteers for a support group in her own country and reaches out to support groups in neighboring countries to offer help whenever she can. We talked about: Hyperemesis Gravidarum Support GroupHyperemesis Gravidarum Facebook Support group


HG Warrior's Support Group Part 2: How you can help

Part 2 of Genna Rourke's interview (check out part one here) about her two HG pregnancies and the charity she started. is for women all over the world struggling with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. If you're past HG but want to help support other women, you can volunteer here. The number one thing that women who have gone through HG in the past say is that they felt so alone. This is a great way to help one more HG woman feel like she is not alone. Check out the FB group...


Why Methylation Matters and how You can Improve it.

Dr. Tim Jackson is a doctor of Physical Therapy. He also studied nutritional biochemistry, digestive health and its systemic effects, as well as functional endocrinology. He helps people with all sorts of disorders over at He also does online consults through his Heal Your Body Program. In this episode we talked about: What MTHFR means: (It's not your first thought. I know what you were thinking.) It stands for Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. (Say that three times...


Getting Your Meds right with Ashley Ziegler

I talked to Ashley Ziegler of the blog, Itsy Bitsy Blessings about her experiences with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. We talked about so many things: Her most visited post is a guest post by Brad Klingele titled, "So, Your Wife is Barfing her Guts out". You have to read it. And then pass it around to all your friends and their husbands. How we can fall into the trap of thinking we can "will ourselves through it". I know I did that before getting pregnant. The paranoia she felt when she was...


When Prescription Drugs aren't enough for HG

What should you do if Zofran or the other prescription medications aren't enough to combat the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy? What if you're not eating or drinking and no one in your town knows how to treat Hyperemesis Gravidarum? What are you options? In this episode, I talked to Katie when she found herself in this exact scenario. She found that marijuana was more helpful and allowed her to eat and take care of her child than the prescription drug Zofran. In this episode: Link to...


Disease and the Role of Emotions in the Body

Kyle Davies is a Chartered psychologist, therapist, coach, consultant, speaker & author. He specializes in helping people overcome chronic health challenges, get unstuck and transform their lives. We talked about: The role of emotions in the body. Why we divorce emotions from physical illness. What stress is and how to "deal" with it. How illness starts and then stays chronic. How a label can become your identity. How to get unstuck. If you want to get in touch with Kyle, you can...


Pet Peeves about how we talk about HG

Today I ranted a little about my pet peeves about how we sometimes talk about HG. The baby gets everything it needs from you, so don't worry. While true, the only time there's no negative effects of that is when Mom is fully stocked with baby making products (i.e. minerals, amino acids, vitamins and fat.) It's hard to do when you're not eating, starting out at a deficit and running on empty. That's when the body goes after the reserves in the bones, teeth and tissues. And that's when...


What to Eat BEFORE getting Pregnant with Julie Kelly

Who is Julie Kelly? As a Food Scientist, Julie Kelly’s passion for all things edible began in her college days at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She discovered her knack for helping people ‘find their way with food’ while cooking for friends in the evening and studying nutrition during the day. After working towards a Masters in Dairy Science, working in the corporate food world, and then the management consulting world, Julie met her husband Chris, fell in love over bikes and food, and opted...


The Real Cause of Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Dr. Michael Fox is not the first person to suggest that the cause of morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum starts with blood sugar dysregulation but he is one of the few OB-GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologists who suggests that eating a ketogenic diet during pregnancy is not only safe for mom and baby but also the answer to this blood sugar dysregulation. Dr. Fox thinks that the problem starts with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), then gets worse when women eat carbohydrates (which...


I'm pregnant and sick, what should I do?

I've been there before. Panicking in the bathroom, wishing it wasn't true. It's a hard question to try to answer because nothing I say is going to make you feel magically better. If you're already sick then more than likely it's going to continue to some extent. But learning what works best for you and fighting it everyday could mean the difference between hospitalization and infection, or staying home. If you haven't done it already, I highly suggest you get a Doctor's appointment, the...


How to Control Gestational Diabetes with your diet

Interview with Lily Nichols, RD Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified LEAP Therapist and Certified Pilates Instructor whose approach to nutrition embraces real food, integrative medicine, and mindful eating. Her practice focuses on digestive health, food sensitivities, and of course, prenatal nutrition. She's passionate about helping moms with gestational diabetes control their blood sugar using real food, mindfulness, and exercise....


How to use Minerals to Heal after HG

I had a great time talking to Jessyka Earl about her experience with HG. She has one child from one pregnancy and she was sick right up until her premature labor and birth. She had to change doctors during her pregnancy when she didn't get the care she needed. She was also never formally diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. This is common but if you're not getting the care you think you need, seek a second opinion. Jessyka's wake-up call came at about 6 months post-partum when she...


What about Medical Marijuana for Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Since I first published this episode, I've heard from many people about this topic. There is a lot of interest about medical marijuana for seizures (especially for children, because it seems like a safer alternative to most anticonvulsives), cancer, pain, and of course, nausea. I found a few articles about it that I didn't have last time. Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Clinical Cannabis: To eat or not to eat. It's long, but makes some good points about starvation during HG. Pregnancy and...


How to fight Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Win

Amy Upchurch almost died in her first pregnancy because of an infection she got from her PICC line. She was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum during that pregnancy and the next two. It was during her fourth pregnancy that she took matters into her own hands. She and her husband had been researching the causes and associations with HG and they had developed a protocol which she started as soon as she got pregnant. While she still had nausea and some vomiting, it was a huge...


Using Acupuncture to Prevent Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Have you ever wondered what Acupuncture was or whether it's worth the time and money? In today's episode I talked to Julie Chang from Fertility Revolution. She's been an acupuncturist for the past 15 years. She uses Chinese Medicine, which includes herbs, acupuncture, supplements and nutrition to help women and men grow their families. Fertility Revolution Podcast is a 5 day a week podcast talking to anyone from infertility doctors to attorneys and infertility advocates. We discussed...


Is Gabapentin Effective against Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Today's guest, Dr. Tom Guttuso, is currently conducting a four-year clinical trial to test the efficacy of Gabapentin otherwise known as Neurontin, with refractory Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Initial results of the small pilot study were positive. Dr. Guttuso also talks about how drug trials work and the only thing that they're testing. There is a closed facebook group dedicated to talking about Gabapentin during pregnancy. Request to join if you'd like to interact with other women who have...


PHG 005 Did a high fat/low carb diet prevent HG?

Is a low carb, high fat diet the answer for Hyperemesis Gravidarum? Diana had 3 full-term pregnancies with Hyperemesis Gravidarum before her current pregnancy. During this current pregnancy, she was not free of nausea but she has not taken any medicine or vomited even once. The difference? She stuck to the low carb, high fat diet from before conception through to today. There is a lot of controversy about using a ketogenic diet during pregnancy. Some say it's unwise, impossible, and not...


PHG 004 How has having Hyperemesis Gravidarum changed your life?

I struggled with this one. I started interviewing my guests months ago and I asked each of them this question, but I hadn't really thought about answering it for myself. It's a hard question to answer. Every time someone answered I had that feeling like I could've said that. I've thought that. That was my experience. Except my guests said it in a more articulate way. Last night as I was trying to answer this question for myself, and I kept bumping up on this...for lack of a better...