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It's all in your head

Posted on September 8, 2003 at 09:16 AM in Science | Permalink

Scientists in Canada are claiming that morning sickness is mostly psychological.

The scientists calculated 14% of the women's misery could be attributed to physical symptoms, suggesting 86% of it was in the mind. Dr Kiran Chandra and Laura Magee, the authors, said: "Women will tend to perceive symptom severity according to how they are feeling overall and how other aspects of their life are affected."

After twice nursing my wife through hyperemesis I know first hand that this is utter rot. If it is mostly psychological, how is it that what you do physically effects it, like what you eat, certain smells & so on? I think the responce from a midwife sums it up well

Susan McNeil, a sister midwife at the Queen Mother's Hospital in Glasgow, said most women will be greatly offended by this. "The fact that some women experience the symptoms prior to confirmation that they are pregnant would appear to disprove this theory."

Belinda Phipps, of the National Childbirth Trust, said: "Women suffering from hyperemesis (the most serious form of morning sickness) will be severely miffed if people think their illness is psychological."

Miffed, I feel, is rather understating the issue.

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