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‘I couldn’t believe it when I found out that there was a charity that deals with HG. I actually broke down, at last what I had seemed valid.’ - a hyperemesis gravidarum sufferer

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Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarum are particularly challenging conditions for healthcare professionals to manage, particularly in community settings and when mothers already have young children to care for. Here we hope to give you some suggestions for how to help women with NVP and HG, in particular the information is aimed at General Practitioners in a community setting. If you are a midwife please see our Information for Midwives as well.

Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarum can be particularly isolating for women experiencing them; in first pregnancies it is usually a complete shock to find themselves feeling so ill and it is important that Healthcare professionals take them seriously so that they can feel understood and that the condition is a valid one [1].

Most women expect a certain amount of pregnancy sickness, particularly in planned pregnancies and many women will put up with surprisingly severe symptoms before seeking help and treatment. If a women's ability to conduct her normal acts of daily living is affected by the severity of symptoms it could indicate that she requires treatment.

Early treatment could reduce admission rates to hospital and significant associated costs as well as further morbidity for the women [2].

 

References

1. MUNCH S. A Qualitative Analysis of Physician Humanism: Women's Experiences with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Journal of Perinatology, 2000; 20 - 540-547

2. Jarvis S J, Nelson-Piercy C, Managment of Nausea and Vomiting in pregnancy. BMJ 2011;342:1407-1412

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