The guidelines, published at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress in Birmingham, say that health care professionals should assess the severity of symptoms in pregnant women and how it affects their mental health.
Morning sickness affects around 80% of pregnant women and is one of the most common reasons they are admitted to hospital.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of nausea in pregnancy, which affects between 1% and 3% of women.
The guidelines are the first national guidelines to cover this subject, exploring the management of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and provide recommendations for health care professionals on diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, effects on mental health and follow-up care.
Lead author of the guidelines and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Manjeet Shehmar, said: “Women suffering from nausea and vomiting hyperemesis gravidarum can face a challenging time in early pregnancy. The more severe the condition, the more it can affect their day-to-day quality of life and mental health.
“Women with persistent nausea can often feel that there is a lack of understanding of their condition, they may be unable to eat healthily, have to take time off work and feel a sense of grief for loss for what they perceive to be a normal pregnancy.”
The guidelines also discuss and analyse complimentary therapies for morning sickness, including ginger, acupressure and hypnotherapy.
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