Quiz: The Latest on Treating Nausea/Vomiting of Pregnancy

Author: Amy E. Beddoe, PhD, MS, BSN, RN; Reviewer: Peter S. Bernstein, MD, MPH


November 09, 2015

Far more women experience nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) than are lucky enough to escape it. NVP affects an estimated 50% of pregnant women. An additional 25% of women have nausea without vomiting, and only 25% are unaffected by either.

The experience of NVP falls on a continuum from mild "morning sickness" to hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). HG occurs in 0.3%-3% of pregnancies and is second to preterm labor as the most common reason for hospitalization. NVP is often undertreated because "morning sickness" is considered common and normal. Also, pregnant women may avoid treatments owing to concerns about medication safety.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently updated its guidelines[1] for treating the NVP continuum, adding information about dietary and lifestyle changes, complementary medicine, pharmacologic therapy, and hospital care. ACOG recommends that NVP be treated early to prevent progression to HG, the symptoms of which are more difficult to control

How familiar are you with these guidelines? Take our quiz to find out. (Editor's note: Content for the following quiz is derived from the ACOG practice bulletin on NVP.)


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