Name TWO (2) non-pharmacological approaches to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
Name the ONE (1) medication that is first line to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
Name THREE (3) alternative medications to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
How do you define Hyperemesis Gravidarium?
NVP is the single most common medical condition in pregnancy, affecting up to 90% of women. Hyperemesis Gravidarium occurs in 1% of patients. It is often cited by women as a large cause of anxiety as it can cause women to perform poorly at work or even miss work. It has been said that NVP is comparable to the severity of nausea experienced by patients undergoing chemotherapy!!! Being able to accurately recognize and treat NVP will prevent development of hyperemesis gravidarium, decrease maternal complications and reduce risk of the requirement of parental therapy/hospitalizations.
First Line Treatments (According to the 2002 SOGC Guidelines):
Alternative Therapies: Dietary and lifestyle changes, Ginger Supplementation, Acupuncture, Acupressure
Doxylamine/Pyridoxine Combination medications are the first line medication to treat NVP due to it’s excellent efficacy and safety.
Second line Pharmacological treatments include (in order or proven fetal safety): Gravol PO/PR, Chloropromazine PO/IM, Promethazine IM/PO, Metoclopramide IM/PO or Ondansetron PO.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is defined as persistent nausea and vomiting that results in a greater than 5% weight loss, and is associated with electrolyte changes and urinary ketones.