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Women's responses to nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17316935     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore women's experiences of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. DESIGN: secondary (thematic) analysis of data collected by narrative interviews for two wider studies about antenatal screening and about pregnancy for the DIPEx website ( PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: A maximum variation sample was recruited throughout the UK. Data from the 73 women interviewed have been analysed. Interviews took place between October 2003 and December 2004, mostly in the home. FINDINGS: sickness is considered a typical and almost inevitable feature of pregnancy. Against this backdrop, a new framework for understanding women's responses to nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and the meanings they attach to it, is suggested: nausea and vomiting as something to be expected, survived, resisted, resented, and acknowledged by others. KEY CONCLUSIONS: The concepts of loss of self and biographical disruption from the field of chronic illness seem to resonate with the women's experiences, and may perhaps be extended to transient as well as chronic health conditions. People's experiences of their bodies in health as well as illness need to be more widely studied. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Many women would appreciate greater acknowledgement of the distress nausea and vomiting in pregnancy causes them, information about remedies and strategies other women have found helpful, and reassurance. Expressions of empathy by health-care professionals are frequently lacking and particularly desired.
Louise Locock; Jo Alexander; Linda Rozmovits
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-02-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0266-6138     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-16     Completed Date:  2008-09-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  143-52     Citation Subset:  N    
DIPEx Research Group, Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anecdotes as Topic
Great Britain
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Status
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Morning Sickness / nursing,  psychology*
Mothers / psychology*
Nausea / nursing,  psychology*
Nurse-Patient Relations
Nursing Methodology Research
Prenatal Care / methods

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