It’s confirmed: Morning sickness is actually a good sign
For so many women, early pregnancy is characterized by morning sickness – frequent vomits, nausea (which is particularly vigorous during morning) and aversion to mood. As any woman who has been pregnant would tell you, it is incredibly unpleasant. But here is some good news – researchers tell us that it is indeed a good sign of a healthy pregnancy!
An interesting point to note here is that people have speculated that a pregnant woman expels toxins from her body, which in turn keeps the babies safe from the side effects of the same. However, there was never any conclusive proof available to confirm the same till now. Researchers examined around 800 women who had experienced miscarriage in the past and their morning sickness symptoms were examined. During the course of the trial, 188 women suffered miscarriage.
Findings of JAMA Internal Medicine
As per a study titled “Association of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy with Pregnancy Loss” featured in JAMA Internal Medicine, the relation between nausea and vomiting experienced during pregnancy was analyzed for its association with pregnancy loss. Women with previous record of pregnancy loss were enrolled for the study and for secondary analysis, a group of women with confirmed pregnancy test results were enrolled.
The report concludes, “Among women with 1 or 2 prior pregnancy losses, nausea and vomiting were common very early in pregnancy and were associated with a reduced risk for pregnancy loss. These findings overcome prior analytic and design limitations and represent the most definitive data available to date indicating the protective association of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy and the risk for pregnancy loss.”
“It’s a common thought that nausea indicates a healthy pregnancy, but there wasn’t a lot of high-quality evidence to support this belief,” epidemiologist Stefanie N. Hinkle, Ph.D., said, according to Science Alert. “Our study evaluates symptoms from the earliest weeks of pregnancy, immediately after conception, and confirms that there is a protective association between nausea and vomiting and a lower risk of pregnancy loss.”
Does that mean women who do not experience morning sickness are at risk?
Well, no! Absence of morning sickness symptoms does not indicate risk, per se. It needs to be noted that presence of morning sickness symptoms is basically a good sign that indicates healthy pregnancy, absence of the same does not necessarily indicate a risk.