Pregnancy: Treating nausea and vomiting

Canada - The Hospital Information site reports the results of a study by the University of Montreal on a new protocol for treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnant women, safe for the fetus.

Nausea and vomiting are very common signs of pregnancy more than 80% of pregnant women undergo. When they become too intense, hospitalization becomes necessary. The Hospital Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal has developed a new treatment protocol of these symptoms safer and providing more timely.

Dr. Bérard says that in 2002, the treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum (intense nausea and vomiting during pregnancy) had to be changed because one of the drugs used at the time had effects cardiovascular side on the mother .

The team of Dr. Bérard has looked at 229 pregnant women with intense nausea and vomiting, hospitalized and treated for this pathology. They compared two drugs, droperidol and metoclopramide, one very common and the more recent one. The second drug was more rapidly to treat the symptoms first, and without significant side effects. Nothing could demonstrate a higher risk of congenital abnormalities to the fetus.

The hyperemesis affects about 1% of pregnant women. Combining intense nausea and vomiting, sometimes it causes an inability to keep food intake and thus a lack of energy. If not treated promptly, this condition can lead to a sharp weight loss, dehydration and even death.

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