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Psychological health in early pregnancy: relationship with nausea and vomiting.
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PMID:  14675977     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The psychological health of women in early pregnancy was investigated in a sample of 273 women (mean gestational age 12.8 weeks, SD=2.8) using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and mood and illness perception visual analogue scales, and compared with the prevalence and severity of nausea and vomiting as measured using the Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy Instrument (NVPI). Using a cut-off of 4/5 for the GHQ, 50.5% of pregnant women were found to have potential psychiatric problems. However, perceived mental health and physical illness was significantly better than anticipated. The severity of nausea and vomiting correlated independently with GHQ subscales for somatic symptoms, social dysfunction, anxiety/insomnia and severe depression. The contradiction between high GHQ scored and high perceived wellbeing might be explained through cognitive processing. Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy is associated with psychiatric morbidity. The causal relationship between the two conditions has not been established.
B L Swallow; S W Lindow; E A Masson; D M Hay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-16     Completed Date:  2004-03-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  28-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Lincoln, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Cohort Studies
Gestational Age
Hyperemesis Gravidarum / diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Maternal Age
Mental Health*
Nausea / diagnosis,  psychology*
Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy Trimester, First
Pregnancy, High-Risk
Severity of Illness Index
Sickness Impact Profile
Stress, Psychological
Vomiting / diagnosis,  psychology*

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