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Tactile massage and severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy--women's experiences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16756522     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is a condition with an obscure aetiology. The treatment is symptomatic but there is a lack of alternative treatments. Tactile massage is known to give relaxation and increased well-being in connection with different illnesses, but has never been studied on women with severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (SNVP). The aim of this study was to describe hospitalized women's experiences of SNVP and of tactile massage. A phenomenological method was used. Ten hospitalized women with SNVP were included. Each woman was given tactile massage on three separate occasions. After the final massage an open interview was used covering both the experience of severe nausea and vomiting, and of tactile massage. The findings revealed an essential meaning summarizing the experience: to obtain a relieving moment of rest and access to the whole body when nausea rules life. When nausea is experienced as controlling a woman's life, tactile massage is experienced as promoting relaxation and gives her an opportunity to regain access to her body. The findings suggest that tactile massage is a good alternative and complement to traditional treatment of SNVP.
Annelie Agren; Marie Berg
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0283-9318     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Caring Sci     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-07     Completed Date:  2006-08-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-76     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital of Skövde, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health*
Body Image
Hyperemesis Gravidarum* / nursing,  psychology
Inpatients / psychology
Internal-External Control
Massage* / nursing,  psychology
Nursing Methodology Research
Power (Psychology)
Precipitating Factors
Pregnancy Trimester, First
Quality of Life
Self Care / methods,  psychology
Self Efficacy
Social Support
Treatment Outcome

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