30 Jun Pregnancy: It’s Not Just ‘Morning’ Sickness
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Prof Roger Gadsby MBE
Honorary Associate Clinical Professor
Warwick Medical School
University of Warwick
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: The term “morning sickness” is widely used to describe the nausea and vomiting symptoms that occur in pregnancy. Previous research has reported that symptoms can occur both before and after midday but little has been published describing the daily and weekly pattern of symptoms.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
Response: Using a database of 256 women who kept daily symptom diaries from the onset of symptoms till around 7 weeks of pregnancy, the study modeled the daily symptom patterns and changes in daily patterns by week of pregnancy. Nausea occurred throughout the day. Vomiting had a defined peak in the morning, but can occur throughout the day
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Using the term “morning sickness” is inaccurate, simplistic and therefore unhelpful. It should be called “nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) .
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: It will be important to see if the healthcare professionals, the media and the general public move away from using the term “morning sickness” .
Further research on the timing of the onset of NVP symptoms from this dataset will be published in another paper.
MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: I have been involved in research into NVP for around 40 years. I helped, to set up the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support (www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org) in 2002 to offer information and support to sufferers
Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is not just ‘morning sickness’: data from a prospective cohort study in the UK
Roger Gadsby, Diana Ivanova, Emma Trevelyan, Jane L Hutton and Sarah Johnson
British Journal of General Practice 29 June 2020; bjgp20X710885. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp20X710885
The information on MedicalResearch.com is provided for educational purposes only, and is in no way intended to diagnose, cure, or treat any medical or other condition. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health and ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. In addition to all other limitations and disclaimers in this agreement, service provider and its third party providers disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the content provided on this website.