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Experience of Taiwanese women living with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
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PMID:  16945785     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two common symptoms of pregnancy are nausea and vomiting, which, for some women, cause great discomfort and profoundly impact daily life. A descriptive phenomenological method was used to understand how Taiwanese women deal with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. A purposive sample of 10 expectant mothers participated in the study. A transcription of each informant's verbal description of her nausea and vomiting experience was made and analyzed using Colaizzi's phenomenological methodology. Four themes emerged from the interview data after inductively analyzing the narrative content concerning nausea and vomiting: 1) understanding nausea and vomiting, 2) finding coping strategies, 3) psychosocial adaptation, and 4) needing support. The results also indicated the importance of social support to pregnant women's health, including instrumental and emotional forms of support. Health professionals, however, were not mentioned in the mothers' narratives as a source of support. The issues of social support, language translation, and western and eastern perspectives on nausea and vomiting and cultural differences in perceptions of their severity are discussed.
Fan-Hao Chou; Chung-Hey Chen; Shih-Hsien Kuo; Ya-Ling Tzeng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of midwifery & women's health     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1542-2011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Publication Date:    2006 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-01     Completed Date:  2006-10-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909407     Medline TA:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  370-5     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Kaohsiung Medical University, College of Nursing, 100, Shih-chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living*
Adaptation, Psychological
Health Status
Hyperemesis Gravidarum / nursing*,  prevention & control,  psychology
Midwifery / methods*
Mothers / psychology*
Quality of Life
Social Support*

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