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Women’s experiences of severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy: Analysis of diaries and blogs from the internet
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Objective: To describe women's experiences of severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and its influence on everyday life, using diaries and blogs from the internet.

Design: A descriptive study using narratives from the internet, analyzed with qualitative content analysis.

Participants: 16 diaries and blogs from the internet written by women during the last five years, with experienced severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Findings: The data resulted in four categories which showed the women´s experiences of severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. They were all strongly linked to everyday life such as the household, family, work and social life. Three of the categories, Inanition, Frustration and Aversion can be perceived as very negative with a great impact on daily life. The fourth, Empowerment, is small and weak but still highlights the whole meaning with the pregnancy. The categories stands on its own but are nevertheless connected with each other and results in an overall theme: Bright spots in the dark.

Conclusion and implication for practice: In analyzing narratives from the internet, a new perspective on severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is delineated. Hence, for caregivers to take part of ailing women's net published experiences is an excellent opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding of the subject. Consequently, future treatment and care will result in a higher quality of life for these women. In addition, an increased understanding of the high impact the state has on the daily life, future studies need to address the experienced negative consequences during the first pregnancy on the subsequent pregnancies. One method of doing this is through analysis of net published narratives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
Pregnancy, nausea and vomiting, hyperemesis, stories, diaries
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-24525OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-24525DiVA: diva2:694027
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Nursing
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Available from: 2014-02-12 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2014-02-12Bibliographically approved

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