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Benefits of Morning Sickness
There are some benefits attributed to getting morning sickness.
Decreased Risk of Miscarriage
Studies show that vomiting and/or nausea in pregnancy is associated with a decreased risk of miscarriage. (Weigel, 189)
I have had three miscarriages, and in all three of those pregnancies my nausea and vomiting was significantly decreased.
In my personal experience, I can agree that the worse I felt, the more viable the pregnancy.
Signal from the Body
Also, morning sickness is a signal from the body informing us that “we are indeed pregnant”!
Once we know we are pregnant we instinctively become more protective of our baby and therefore our body.
Morning sickness alerts us to:
- Stop drinking alcohol
- Start eating more wholesome foods
- Stop taking recreational drugs that are harmful to a growing baby
- Stop taking medications that are contraindicated for pregnancy
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin and extra folate if needed
Morning Sickness = Smarter Baby?
According to Brain Rules for Baby, by John Medina morning sickness has a link to a more intelligent children.
Researchers now think it would make the baby smarter, too. One study, yet to be replicated, looked at children whose mothers suffered from major nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. When the children reached school age, 21 percent scored 130 or more points on a standard IQ test, a level considered gifted. If their mothers had no morning sickness, only 7 percent of kids did that well. The researchers have a theiry-still to be proved-about why. Two hormones that stimulate a woman to vomit may also act like neural fertilizer for the developing brain. The more vomiting, the more fertilizer; hence, the greater effect on IQ.