Mind over morning sickness

Hypnotherapy has been in the limelight as a treatment for morning sickness, as the Duchess of Cambridge has been reportedly using this method to treat the symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum.

Studies on hypnotherapy have shown this method to be successful in treating nausea and vomiting, and the Overcome Morning Sickness CD from Natal Hypnotherapy is available to pregnant women to help deal with these symptoms through safe hypnosis skills.

A study by Fuchs et al conducted on 138 women suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum were treated with hypnosis. Of the 138 women, 87 were treated with group hypnosis and 51 were treated with individual hypnotherapy. Results showed that group hypnosis showed markedly better results than individual hypnotherapy, as there was no hospitalisation involved, women felt less lonely and a number of women could be treated simultaneously. Nevertheless, as a treatment, hypnotherapy appeared successful, as out of the 87 women treated with group hypnosis:

  • 61 women were relieved of vomiting and nausea
  • 24 women were relieved of vomiting though some nausea remained
  • 2 patients failed to improve

Additionally, research carried out in conjunction with Pregnancy and Birth Magazine, showed that 10 out of 10 mothers would recommend this CD to a friend and 9 out of 10 felt significant benefit from using it. The CD is available at www.natalhypnotherapy.co.uk.

 

Reference: Karl Fuchs, E. Paldi, H. Abramovici & B. A. Peretz., 1980. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 313-323. DOI: 10.1080/00207148008409860

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