Effect of acupressure using Sea Band on the severity of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy

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Tahmineh Salehian 1 , Masoumeh Delaram 2 , * , Mitra Tadayon 3

1 Instructor Department of Midwifery , Shahr Kord University of Medical Sciences, Shahr Kord, Iran.

2 Instructor Department of Midwifery, Shahr Kord University of Medical Sciences, Shahr Kord, Iran.

3 Instructor Department of Midwifery, Ahwaz University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.

How to Cite: Salehian T, Delaram M, Tadayon M. Effect of acupressure using Sea Band on the severity of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, Hormozgan Med J. 2007 ; 11(1):e89111.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 11 (1); e89111
Published Online: October 19, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 18, 2006
Accepted: October 19, 2006

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Abstract

Introduction: Many pregnant women encounter several physical and mental disorders
which may be of minor importance but can cause discomfort and disturbance.
According to prenatal surveys, nearly 20% of pregnant women seek for medical cares
due to the severity of gastrointestinal disorders among which nausea and vomiting are
the most common ones. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of
acupressure using Sea Band in reduction of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Methods: In a clinical trial study, 100 primigravid women with gestational age of
10-16 weeks, single fetus and complaint of nausea and vomiting were selected
randomly from referrers to health care centers for prenatal care. They were divided
equally to two groups: acupressure using Sea Band as case group and placebo Sea
Band as control group. In acupressure group, buttoned Sea Band and in control
group, placebo sea band were placed on Neiguan point of hand. Nausea severity and
vomiting frequency were recorded. Checklist was filled for every person and all
participants received forms for recording nausea and vomiting status for 4 days. Data
analysis was done by SPSS software using Chi square, t-test and Wilcoxon tests.
Results: Results showed that there is a significant difference in nausea severity
and frequency of vomiting in case group before and after treatment (P<0.001).
There was not a significant difference in reduction of nausea severity and
frequency of vomiting in control group.
Conclusion: It seems that acupressure is effective in treatment of nausea and
vomiting during pregnancy and Sea Band is a cheap, comfortable, available and
without side effect device which is suggested for reduction of nausea and vomiting in
pregnancy.

Keywords

Acupressure – Nausea – Vomiting – Pregnancy – Sea Band

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