9th December 2002

 

DID YOU SUFFER FROM PREGNANCY SICKNESS?

 

Did you suffer from pregnancy sickness when you were having a baby? How long did it last? How severe was it? And did you find a cure that relieved the symptoms?

 

Researchers at the University of Lincoln are looking for answers to these questions to help them to prepare an article for the university’s magazine ‘Innovate’.

 

Brian Swallow from the Department of Psychology led a research project to look into pregnancy sickness and discovered that the problem is not so widespread as had previously been thought.

 

The research, which was carried out at the Hull Maternity Hospital, found that only 12 per cent of pregnant women vomit either daily or more than once a day, but 50 per cent of women feel like being sick on a daily basis.

 

Now the university wants to hear from women who have experienced pregnancy sickness and who are prepared to be interviewed for the university magazine ‘Innovate’.

 

“We’re looking for three case studies of women in the Hull area who have different experiences of pregnancy sickness,” said a university spokesman.

 

Volunteers will be professionally photographed with their baby and will be presented with a high-quality colour print as a memento.

 

Researchers still do not know what causes pregnancy sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum. Some say it is a hormonal imbalance, while others suggest psychological or social factors. Others still argue that it is an evolutionary process to prevent women from eating food that may be harmful.

 

If you would like appear in the article please contact Jez Ashberry in the university’s press office on 01522 886042 or email jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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