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Morning Sickness or NVP: National Survey of Nurse Practitioners Points to Underreporting of Common Condition in Pregnancy
Date:2/27/2012

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is the most common medical condition in pregnancy, affecting an estimated 70 to 85% of all pregnant women.(1) Yet in a recent national survey of more than 350 nurse practitioners (NPs), only 40% of their patients reported experiencing NVP in the last 12 months, pointing to the need for greater patient and healthcare provider dialogue about the condition.   

The survey was conducted online in November 2011 by the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH) and supported by Upsher-Smith Women's Health.

"NVP is a condition that affects many pregnant women.  And, contrary to popular belief, many pregnant women experience symptoms sporadically throughout the day.  Even a less severe case of NVP can detract from the joy of pregnancy and may affect a woman's general well being," said Elizabeth Kostas-Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, NPWH Board Chair*. "Women experiencing NVP should discuss appropriate treatment strategies with their healthcare provider and not suffer in silence." 

The survey also revealed that after dietary and lifestyle changes, the top three treatment options currently being recommended include: vitamin B6, ginger and ondansetron. 

"Historically, there have been a limited number of treatment options available that are specifically designed for women suffering from NVP," said Wesley Mark Todd, MD, Senior Director Medical Affairs, Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. "The survey results indicate that the top strategies identified by nurse practitioners are in alignment with recommendations put forth by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).(1) ACOG recommends vitamin B6 as a first-line approach for nausea and vomiting, and sugg
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