A new research showed that morning sickness can actually be a signal of a baby’s health during the early months of pregnancy.
The results of the study showed that pregnancy loss was 50-75% more likely to happen in women who endured vomiting and nausea that came with morning sickness. Women who had already gone through one or two pregnancy losses were focused on in the review.
According to the lead researcher Stefanie Hinkle, a staff scientist at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md, the current results should be reassuring for all women who experience symptoms of morning sickness even though the ordeal can be quite tough to go through.
In the background notes of the research it was noted that 4 out of 5 women reported vomiting or nausea during their pregnancy. Though morning sickness is considered to be a sign linked to the health of a baby, experts don’t know a lot about it. They don’t know what actually causes morning sickness and whether or not it serves a purpose that is more specific or if it is a side effect that pregnant women have to face.
During the current research, in order to see if morning sickness was actually a positive sign, a total of 797 women were studied by Hinkle and her team. All of the participating women were newly pregnant (confirmed through a urine test). They were enrolled in the study from June 2007 and July 2011. The data showed that 188 pregnancies (nearly 24% of the total participants) were lost. Approximately 18% of women reported nausea while 3% reported nausea along with vomiting at week 2 of gestation. During week 8 around 57% women reported nausea while 27% of pregnant women reported vomiting and nausea.
The results showed that the discomfort women had to go through due to morning sickness was a positive sign. Pregnant women were 50% less at risk of losing their pregnancy if they experienced nausea. Women were 75% less at risk of such a lost if they happened to have reported vomiting.
While the medical world did know there was such a link present, Hinkle went on to say that the current data was able to provide one of the most definitive evidence currently present. However, the conducted study was not able to provide any proof about a possible cause and effect. The findings of the study were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Hinkle went on to add that one of the reasons behind morning sickness could be that it might prevent women from indulging in harmful habits such as drinking or smoking, though the study had taken these factors into account. The current study was also able to rule out any possible link between women experiencing morning sickness and birth defects causing loss of pregnancy.
According to Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, the current study’s strength has to do with the researcher’s ability to first find and then begin tracking females who have just became pregnant. The researchers were able to even catch early cases of miscarriages.