A New Review Published In The Obstetrician &Gynaecologist Found That 30% Expectant Moms Experience Severe Nausea And Vomiting Of Pregnancy (NVP). Importantly, It Can Be Treated With Appropriate Medication

A new review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist found that 30% expectant moms experience severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). Importantly, it can be treated with appropriate medication.

It's not just morning sickness!

Most women who experience severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy scoff at the term "morning sickness." It's rarely limited to mornings and it can often be more than mild nausea or vomiting. In fact, only 13% of women who have "morning sickness" are sick strictly in the morning. A new review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist found that 30% expectant moms experience severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). Importantly, it can be treated with appropriate medication. Severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy isn't just an inconvenience. Women who experience it are at risk for the following:
  • Depression
  • Impacted quality of life
  • Concern for baby's health
  • Affected relationship with partner
  • Fear of becoming pregnant again
  • In rare cases, women terminate pregnancy because of the severity of the condition
The review found that women with severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy should be treated with medication. The study found that antihistamines are effective. Additionally, up to 40 mg of Vitamin B6 in combination with an antihistamines can help. Furthermore, because severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy can occur in subsequent pregnancies if it happens during the first, the results of the review indicate that treatment should begin immediately after symptoms appear during second (or later) pregnancies.
If a woman has suffered from severe NVP in a previous pregnancy, pre-emptive treatment with medication started as soon as symptoms develop in the current pregnancy can reduce the risk of severe NVP, according to one study looked at in the review. (Source: Medical News Today)
As I've shared before, my mom had hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancies - severe enough to require multiple hospitalizations and make it nearly impossible to function. Sadly, it doesn't seem that we're a whole lot more advanced with treatment options than we were - ahem - many years ago when she was pregnant with both me and my brother. Have you experienced severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy? How did you cope? More on "morning sickness:"

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