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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

Motherisk receives questions from around the world about morning sickness symptoms, effects, treatments and ways to cope. Those questions and answers are posted here for anyone to read, provided the reader acknowledges and accepts the proviso and disclaimer below.

NVP and Hypnotherapy

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-02-03

Question:
Do you consider NVP to be at least somewhat psychological? (For me, it seems that lying around "relaxing" only makes me feel worse, whereas going out and being active can make me forget how awful I feel.) Could hypnotherapy be of any use in alleviating symptoms?

Answer:
NVP is experienced differently by everyone. Severity of symptoms, levels of tolerance and ways of coping vary from woman to woman. For some, being active and distracted may help, but others may be just too sick to work or care for their family. Having one's life completely disrupted and put on hold by NVP can become depressing. A quality of life study conducted by Motherisk a few years ago confirmed the great impact that NVP can have on a woman's life. As for hypnotherapy, we have not come across any studies or meaningful information regarding its effectiveness, nor have the women who have called the Motherisk NVP Helpline commented on its use or success.

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