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Survey Results Summary

The total number of women who replied to the survey was 114, but not everyone could answer every question so the numbers of respondents for each individual statistic is given. Of these 114, 98 were based in the UK, the remainder being from Holland, Norway, USA, Australia, Malawi and Israel. For questions involving attitudes of GPs, only UK women were included.


37 (35%) of 105 women had a relative who had had HG
Of 75 women who had had more than one pregnancy, 51 (68%) had HG in every pregnancy
74% of women had never heard of HG before their diagnosis (n=113)
92% had encountered people who did not understand the condition and assumed it was simply 'morning sickness' (n=113)
96% had been advised to try ginger biscuits, dry crackers, seabands etc (n=114)
None of the respondents reported that ginger was helpful (n=114)
Six women (5%) reported that seabands were helpful
Of 43 women who had tried ondansetron (zofran), 36 (84%) found it helpful
73% of women had been admitted to hospital for IV fluids (n=98)
25% of women were not diagnosed until after 4 weeks of suffering symptoms (n=114)
13% of women reported that their symptoms improved (but did not cease) by 14 weeks of pregnancy (n=84)
67% of women reported that their symptoms improved (but did not cease) by 22 weeks of pregnancy (n=86)
1% of women reported that their symptoms stopped by 14 weeks of pregnancy (n=100)
11% of women reported that their symptoms stopped by 22 weeks of pregnancy (n=73)
62% reported that they still had symptoms at birth (n=67)
66% of women had encountered a GP who was not sympathetic to their condition (n=98)
49% of women had encountered a GP who was not willing to prescribe medication (n=98)
38% of women had encountered a GP who was not knowledgeable about the condition (n=98)
26% of women reported that their employers were not sympathetic to their condition (n=72)


Data from an online survey conducted on the website www.pregnancysicknesssos.co.uk by Dr Margaret O'Hara, any queries to moharahg@gmail.com. These data were presented at the Pregnancy Sickness Support conference in Nuneaton in June 2012.

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