The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have released new national guidelines on the treatment of vomiting and nausea in pregnancy and Hyperemesis gravidarum. Around 80% of women suffer from nausea and vomiting in the first four months of pregnancy and up to 3% suffer from severe pregnancy sickness known as Hyperemesis gravidarum.
The new national guidelines are the first to address this common pregnancy complaint.
They advise health professionals on pregnancy sickness diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. The RCOG recommend a range of treatments that vary depending on how severe the sickness is. The guidelines underline the effectiveness of complimentary treatments such as taking ginger and acupressure for mild pregnancy sickness but highlight the importance of anti-sickness drugs for treating severe cases of pregnancy and Hyperemesis gravidarum. The RCOG advise health professionals to asses the impact that pregnancy sickness can have on a woman’s mental wellbeing and to make sure that they provide appropriate emotional and medical support.
“There is no “one size fits all” for nausea treatments, with women trying many different alternatives. However we are excited to hear about the RCOG’S new guidelines that show acupressure and taking ginger to be effective at relieving mild nausea and vomiting for some women. We are also pleased that they focus on the mental health of women suffering pregnancy sickness."
Tommy’s midwife, Sophie
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