Smile Mums. Morning Sickness Might Be GOOD for You!

Date: August 29, 2014
Topic Area: I Am Pregnant

New studies have revealed that early signs of pregnancy such as experiencing morning sickness might mean good news for baby’s health.

Morning sickness – a misleading misnomer because it can strike a poor, unsuspecting mama to be at ANY time of day – affects 85% of women at some point during their pregnancy. And if you’re one of these women, you know just how debilitating it can be.

As it turns out, that tidal wave of nausea that plagues so many pregnant women might actually be good news for mum and baby.

Why?

Doctors believe that morning sickness is caused, at least or in part, by spikes in human gonadotropin – a hormone released by the placenta. This, in part, triggers morning sickness symptoms.

Of course, this is a mixed blessing for mums who are suddenly sickened by the same cereal they’ve been eating since primary school. Or, who might have an uncontrollable urge to run for the nearest bathroom at the very hint of the smell of an otherwise unremarkable marinara sauce.

Whatever acts as a trigger for your morning sickness, take heart. It could mean things are right on track.*

For more detailed coverage of this new study, read the Wall Street Journal piece: http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-upside-to-morning-sickness-1406563253.

* Consult your doctor if you have excessive vomiting and/or nausea, can’t keep food and/or water down, have pain or fever, or if morning sickness persists into the second trimester.

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