Correlation between depression, anxiety, and nausea and vomiting during pregnancy in an in vitro fertilization population- A pilot study

Farnaz Jahangiri, Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron*, Kara Goldman, Mary Ellen Pavone, Susan Gerber, Susan C. Klock

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Abstract

The study objective is to compare the prevalence of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) in singleton and twin gestations conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF), and to analyze the impact of associated psychological factors. A cohort study on 45 singleton and 12 twin gestations was conducted at an academic practice. Three validated questionnaires assessing anxiety; depression; and NVP at baseline, 1012 weeks, and 2022 weeks gestation were used. The prevalence of NVP was compared between twins and singletons and its association with depression and anxiety was determined. Significantly more subjects with twin pregnancies reported NVP at 1012 weeks of gestation. NVP was not associated with baseline depression or anxiety scores. There were no differences in depression scores between the groups at any time. A trend toward higher anxiety scores among twin gestations at 1012 weeks was significant at 2022 weeks. Within the twin group, anxiety scores remained stable, but scores for singletons decreased significantly from 1012 weeks to 2022 weeks. NVP is more common in the first trimester in twins compared with singletons following IVF. In IVF pregnancies, anxiety scores, but not depression scores, are higher in women with twin gestations. Women undergoing infertility treatment should be counseled accordingly when discussing the risks associated with multiple gestations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-118
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

Keywords

  • Anxiety scores
  • Depression scores
  • Multiple gestations
  • Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy
  • in vitro fertilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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