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Morning sickness and salt intake, food cravings, and food aversions.
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PMID:  10477048     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Evidence for an association between early pregnancy sickness and offspring salt (NaCl) preference has been obtained from studying offspring as young adults and as infants. To determine whether the association between early pregnancy sickness and salt preference of offspring is secondary to familiar similarity in salt preference, the present study examined the self-reported salt intake and dietary cravings and aversions of pregnant women. Women who reported little or no vomiting (n = 108) were compared to women who reported moderate to severe vomiting (n = 21) during pregnancy. The women's self-reported salt use and reported cravings and aversions for common food were measured via survey for time periods prior to and during their current pregnancy. Women did not differ in reported salt use prior to pregnancy as a function of their pregnancy symptoms. Women reported more aversions during, than prior to, pregnancy (p < 0.05). Women with more severe vomiting reported a greater number of aversions (p < 0.05) both prior to and during pregnancy. There was a significant association between experiencing cravings and aversions prior to pregnancy and experiencing craving and aversions during pregnancy (p < 0.05). These findings do not provide evidence for an association between dietary levels of sodium and the likelihood of experiencing severe pregnancy symptoms. Therefore, these data do not support the suggestion that reported elevations in salt preference in offspring of women with moderate to severe vomiting during pregnancy are mediated by familial dietary practices.
S R Crystal; D J Bowen; I L Bernstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiology & behavior     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0031-9384     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiol. Behav.     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-17     Completed Date:  1999-12-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151504     Medline TA:  Physiol Behav     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  181-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle 98105, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Cross-Sectional Studies
Food Preferences / physiology*
Hyperemesis Gravidarum / epidemiology*
Nausea / epidemiology*
Pregnancy / physiology*,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Sodium, Dietary / administration & dosage*
Taste / physiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Sodium, Dietary

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