Debra Penney, CNM, MS, MPH, is Assistant Professor in the Nurse-Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Utah.
Helicobacter pylori and Severe Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2005 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 50, Issue 5, pages 418–422, September-October 2005
How to Cite
Penney, D. S. (2005), Helicobacter pylori and Severe Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 50: 418–422. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.03.001
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Helicobacter pylori;
- hyperemesis gravidarum;
- proton pump inhibitor;
- peptic ulcer disease;
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterial infection of the stomach, which may aggravate nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Studies have found conflicting evidence of the role of H. pylori in severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum. Several women suffering from weight loss and experiencing continued nausea and vomiting were tested for H. pylori antibody during their pregnancy. This article reviews the outcomes of women with both positive and negative H. pylori tests, the treatment of H. pylori, and its controversial role in managing severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.