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Tactile massage and severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy--women's experiences.

17 Aug

A study out of Sweden shows that tactile massage provides some relief to women suffering from severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, by pleasantly distracting them and relaxing them

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital of Skövde, Sweden, looked at the efficacy of tactile massage for women with severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (SNVP).

Ten hospitalized women with SNVP were included. Each woman was given tactile massage on three separate occasions. After the final massage, an open interview was used inquiring about the experience of severe nausea and vomiting, and of tactile massage.

The researchers concluded from the responses that when nausea is experienced as controlling a woman''s life, tactile massage is experienced as promoting relaxation and relief, and gives an opportunity to regain access to the body. The findings suggest that tactile massage is a good alternative and complement to traditional treatment of SNVP.


Citation: Agren A, Berg M. Tactile massage and severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy--women's experiences. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. 2006 Jun; 20 (2): pp.169-76. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award