Morning Sickness Linked to Lower Risk of Pregnancy Loss

A new research by the National Institutes of health has confirmed earlier reports that nausea and vomiting is associated with lower risks of miscarriages in expecting women. Though morning sickness has for sometime been associated with a healthy pregnancy, there was no conclusive evidence to support this belief. Until now.

In a study that was published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Stefanie N. Hinkle (a staff scientist in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Epidemiology Branch) and her colleagues analyzed data from a trial that tested whether taking a low-dose aspirin prevented women who’d experienced one or two prior miscarriages from experiencing a future loss. In the trial, the women kept daily diaries on whether they experienced nausea or vomiting from the 2nd to the 8th week of pregnancy. They also answered monthly questionnaires on their symptoms to the 36th week of pregnancy.

In the trial, 797 women had positive pregnancy test, 188 of which ended in loss. By the 8th week of pregnancy, 57.3% of the pregnant women reported experiencing nausea and 26.6 of them reported experiencing both nausea and vomiting. The researchers found that these women who’d experienced either were 50-75% less likely to have a miscarriage compared to those who had not experience either nausea alone, or nausea and vomiting.

Just one more reason to enjoy the pains of pregnancy. Turns out some of them are actually good for you and your child. 

Until we see each other again, 

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