Duchesnay USA Launches Online Video Series on Pregnancy Health, Morning Sickness

Videos feature experts in women’s health and nutrition discussing common pregnancy questions and concerns

/ PRNewswire / — Duchesnay USA launched a new online video series today about pregnancy health and morning sickness, which many don’t know is a medical condition called Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP). The series, entitled Navigating Morning Sickness, premiered with three videos about pregnancy nutrition, medication safety and the potential impact of NVP on a pregnant woman’s life. Additional new videos will be released throughout November and December.
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The Navigating Morning Sickness video series is one component of a national morning sickness education initiative, combined with social media (@NVPregnancy) to support www.MorningSicknessUSA.com – a resource developed by Duchesnay USA and reviewed by March of Dimes to help women better understand NVP and cope with their symptoms. In 10 short videos, experts will address common pregnancy concerns, including information on essential nutrients and top questions to ask your healthcare professional at the first prenatal appointment. The videos feature Dr. Joanne L. Stone, Maternal & Fetal Medicine Division Director at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Holly Clegg, nutritional chef and cookbook author; and Ariel Rivera, a soon-to-be new mom from Brooklyn, New York.

"It's important to open a dialogue around morning sickness and pregnancy health," said Dr. Joanne Stone. "Often women think they should just 'grin and bear it' when it comes to NVP, but I've seen many patients who are too sick to go to work or take care of themselves or their families, and that can have a debilitating impact. It's a medical condition and symptoms can escalate, so women should discuss NVP with their doctor."

Pregnant women, their friends and families can view the videos on YouTube and www.MorningSicknessUSA.com/KnowledgeCenter/Videos and connect with additional resources on Twitter.

"I wasn't ready to tell friends or coworkers about my pregnancy until the second trimester, so in the first weeks I went online for information and to connect with other pregnant women," said Ariel Rivera. "With a lot of misinformation out there, it's helpful that MorningSicknessUSA.com is a one-stop resource for morning sickness and how to cope with symptoms."

Navigating Morning Sickness emphasizes how important it is for women to talk with their healthcare professional about NVP in order to monitor symptoms and learn about lifestyle modifications or available treatment options. For more information and helpful resources, visit www.MorningSicknessUSA.com.

About Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP)
Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), or morning sickness, affects 70 to 85 percent of pregnant women.1 NVP can present differently for each woman, the symptoms include: nausea, gagging, retching, dry heaving, vomiting, and odor and/or food aversion. For most pregnant women, symptoms generally end at approximately 16 to 20 weeks. However, some women can experience symptoms throughout their pregnancy.2 For more information, please visit www.MorningSicknessUSA.com or follow on Twitter.

About Duchesnay USA
Duchesnay USA is a unique healthcare company devoted to safeguarding the health and well-being of expectant mothers and their unborn babies. Its affiliate company, Duchesnay Inc. was founded in 1970 in Canada, the family-owned company realigned its business in 1992 to focus specifically on pregnant women after a family member experienced a very difficult pregnancy. Duchesnay USA was established in Rosemont, Pennsylvania in 2011 to pursue that same mission. Realizing a lack of sufficient information on medications for use in pregnancy, Duchesnay USA strives to ensure that expectant women who require pharmacological treatments have access to proper medical advice and therapies that are safe for them and their unborn babies. Duchesnay USA's mission is to develop pharmacological solutions to reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP). For more information on Duchesnay USA, please visit www.DuchesnayUSA.com.

1 "Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy," ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 52, 2004.
2 Clark SM, Costantine MM, Hankins GD (2012) Review of NVP and HG and Early Pharmacotherapeutic Intervention. Obstet Gynecol Int 25: 2676. Epub 2011 Nov 24.