What’s the evidence 15.1

Campbell et al. (2016) highlighted that nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may have a profound effect on women’s health and their quality of life during pregnancy. These symptoms commonly experienced in pregnancy may also have a financial impact on the healthcare system.

The NICE (2008) guidelines recommend that women should be informed that most cases of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy will resolve spontaneously within 16 to 20 weeks and that nausea and vomiting are not usually associated with a poor pregnancy outcome.

The following interventions appear to be effective in reducing symptoms if a woman would like to consider treatment:


  • ginger
  • P6 (wrist) acupressure


  • antihistamines

Information about all forms of self-help and non-pharmacological treatments should be made available for pregnant women who have nausea and vomiting.