Clinical Investigation

Factors affecting the nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy

  • Gülengül Köken
  • Emine Çoşar
  • Figen Kır Şahin
  • Dağıstan Tolga Arıöz
  • Evren Yeşildağer
  • Mehmet Yılmazer

Turk J Obstet Gynecol 2009;6(2):92-96


In this study our aim was to investigate the factors affecting the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) and behaviours those done by the pregnants to reduce the sense of NVP.


Ninety-six pregnants smaller than 14 weeks pregnancy whom applied to our obstetrics clinic were taken in to the study. Twenty-six of them had no NVP and 70 of them had NVP. A questionnaire including sociodemographic factors, obstetric features and factors increasing and decreasing the sense of nausea and vomiting was fulfilled. Rhode’s scoring system was used for determining the degree of NVP. Kruskal Wallis test, χ2 test and Pearson corelation analysis were done for statistical analysis. P< 0.05 was considered significant.


There was no NVP in the 27.1% of the pregnants by Rhode’s scoring system, 30.2% had mild, 42.7% had moderate NVP. Age, gestational week, gravidy, parity, abortus, number of the live child, occupational status, education and income level were not different statistically between the groups. There was a positive correlation between NVP and fatigue (p< 0.05). Pregnants those had NVP symptoms preferred resting and sleeping more than others to reduce the symptoms.


NVP is an important health problem that adversly affect the social and family life of women. Doctors should pay attention to this important health problem and should made pregnants and their family conscious of the affected factors

Keywords: Pregnancy, nausea, vomiting