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Preventing hyperemesis gravidum with pre-pregnancy exercise

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Hyperemesis gravidum (HG) is severe and continual nausea and vomiting in pregnancy – resulting in dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and malnutrition. It is both debilitating and incredibly frustrating for pregnant mothers. In past posts (herehere and here), I have shared evidence behind using B6, ginger and an acupuncture point called PC-6 for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Now, promising new research shows that leisurely exercise before pregnancy can decrease the odds of HG in first-time pregnancies.

The study from Norway and the UK, to be published in August 2019’s Journal for Preventive Medicine, found a positive association between leisure-time physical activity (LTPA, generally defined as walking, dancing, gardening, hiking and swimming, among other everyday informal exercise) and lower odds of HG among first-time mothers. In fact, those doing no LTPA before pregnancy were found to have more than twice the odds of experiencing hyperemesis gravidum during pregnancy.

There is a lot of awareness now about the importance of maintaining fitness during pregnancy for the health of both mom and baby – this research should motivate mothers further to get physically active while they prepare to conceive as well. Intractable nausea and vomiting is something I would not wish upon anyone!

I hope you have found this helpful, and do let me know if you have any questions!

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Owe, K. et al. (2019). Leisure-time physical activity before pregnancy and risk of hyperemesis gravidarum: a population-based cohort study. Preventative Medicine, 125: 49-54.

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