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Clinical Review

General practitioners are wary of treating sickness in pregnancy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:505
  1. Roger Gadsby, senior lecturer in primary care (
  1. 1University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

    Sickness in pregnancy causes symptoms that vary from mild to so severe that hospital admission is required. It is associated with an appreciable loss of time from work1 and disruption of normal social activities,2 and it has been the stated reason for 25-29 terminations of pregnancy every year in the United Kingdom.3 However, many general practitioners in the United Kingdom feel frightened of suggesting any treatment to women presenting with pregnancy …

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