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J Perinatol. 2008 Mar;28(3):176-81. Epub 2007 Dec 6.

The psychosocial burden of hyperemesis gravidarum.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the psychosocial burden of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) in a large cohort of affected women, focusing on previously unreported problems.

STUDY DESIGN:

Women with HG described their pregnancy history in an open-ended survey administered internationally through an HG website during 2003 to 2005.

RESULT:

Of the 808 participants, 626 (77.5%) were American. A large majority (82.8%) reported that HG caused negative psychosocial changes, consisting of (1) socioeconomic changes, for example, job loss or difficulties, (2) attitude changes including fear regarding future pregnancies and (3) psychiatric sequelae, for example, feelings of depression and anxiety, which for some continued postpartum. Women who reported that their health-care provider was uncaring or unaware of the severity of their symptoms were nearly twice as likely to report these psychiatric sequelae (odds ratio 1.86, 95% confidence interval 1.06 to 3.29, P=0.032).

CONCLUSION:

Over 80% of a large cohort of women with HG reported that HG caused a negative psychosocial impact.

PMID:
18059463
DOI:
10.1038/sj.jp.7211906
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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