Nausea in pregnancy is very common but it is astonishing that so little data are available concerning the cause and course of this disorder. A questionnaire was mailed to all women who had given birth to at least 3 children, the last delivered in 1980 or 1981 in our department. 244 (75%) responded, mean age 33 years, range 23–45. A total of 948 pregnancies resulted in 855 children, 56 spontaneous and 25 legal abortions, 8 twins and 4 ectopics. 70% of all pregnancies were associated with nausea and 52% of the patients always experienced nausea during their pregnancies, while 17% never and 31 % only occasionally felt sick. For 91 % of the cases, the onset of nausea was during the first 3 months. There was no difference concerning intensity, ‘peak nausea’ or onset, whereas duration decreased with subsequent pregnancies. 7 of 8 women with twin pregnancies complained of nausea, contrasting to 50% with spontaneous and 80% with legal abortions. Age, smoking or ‘pregnancy complications’ did not correlate with nausea. There were, however, correlations (p < 0.05) between nausea and gallbladder disease, gastritis and allergy. All patients with gallbladder disease had nausea and so had 90% of those with allergy and gastritis. There was also a strong correlation (p < 0.001) between nausea in pregnancy and ‘intolerance’ of oral contraceptives, as 98% of these women experienced nausea. The data obtained do not support a correlation between HCG and emesis gravidarum, but rather suggest an association with steroidal hormones and liver function.

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