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shishehga F, peyman A. Characteristics of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and its association with quality of ‎life. J Holist Nurs Midwifery. 2009; 19 (1) :16-21
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Characteristics of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and its association with quality of life

By: Shishehgar, F, MS in Midwifery. Payman, A, MS in Midwifery


Introduction: It is estimated that over 70% of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. Pregnancy is associated with intense physical changes in the ability to perform usual roles that may have an adverse effect on quality of life (QOL).

Objective: The aim of this study is to clarify the characteristics of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and to determine the relationship between nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and quality of life in various weeks of pregnancy.

Methods: This study is a cross-sectional research that was carried out in three governmental hospitals. Demographic variables and health related quality of life for nausea and vomiting questionnaire were used. Rohdes index was used to determine the severity of nausea and vomiting.

Results: According to the findings, an increase in gestational age was correlated with decreasing of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP). The overall scores of NVP at 4-7 weeks was significantly higher than at 16-19 and 20-22 weeks (P<0.0001). The physical scores of quality of life were significantly correlated with the overall scores of NVP and nausea and vomiting at 4-7, 12-15 and 16-19 weeks. There was a significant relationship between the severity of vomiting and decreasing quality of life at all weeks in all gestational weeks.

Conclusion: Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy can especially decrease the quality of life during pregnancy, specially in physical domain.

Key words: Nausea, Vomiting, Pregnancy, Quality of life

Article Type : Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/08/23 | Accepted: 2014/08/23 | Published: 2014/08/23

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