If there is one downside to pregnancy, it is without a doubt morning sickness. As much as mothers enjoy the experience of being pregnant, morning sickness can really mess up with their joyful everyday routine. However, as with everything else, morning sickness can be looked at in a positive light, too.
As studies now show, morning sickness may be an early sign of intelligence in the fetus. Interesting, right? Below, look at how scientists came to the conclusion that mothers who suffer from morning sickness are likely to birth highly intelligent babies.
What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is a typical symptom of pregnancy and can be very extreme for some mothers. Although called morning sickness, the occurrence can also happen during the day or at night. Normally, expecting moms suffer from morning sickness in the first 14-16 weeks of their pregnancy. In some mothers, morning sickness never happens, but scientists now claim morning sickness is actually good for pregnant ladies because it balances the hormones well.
Morning Sickness and Science
Many studies have confirmed that pregnancy and morning sickness is actually a good pairing. Morning sickness actually showed fewer miscarriages and complications in mothers. One study done at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto analyzed how morning sickness affects the baby’s brain. They were inclined to see whether morning sickness affects the intelligence, memory and behavioral habits in babies.
The study involved 92 pregnant women who suffered from morning sickness and 29 moms-to-be who did not have morning sickness symptoms.
What Did the Study Find?
The results of the study were, to say the least, remarkable. Namely, mothers with morning sickness symptoms showed better pregnancy statistics than the other group. The IQ measured in the babies who were part of this study was significantly higher in moms who experienced morning sickness. That said, these moms also showed greater skills in languages and had a better memory as well. However, this does not mean that if you don’t suffer from morning sickness, your baby will be less intelligent.
In fact, the study found that all babies analyzed with the study showed normal IQ levels.
Among other findings, the study also noted that morning sickness is not pleasant, but it isn’t harmful either. One of the more severe types of pregnancy sickness is known as hyperemesis gravidarum. The condition is often a peril to both the mother and her baby. The condition manifests with continuous vomiting that cannot be prevented even with meds. This severity of vomiting can deprive the mother and fetus of the important nutrients they need during the pregnancy. The condition also has lots of other side-effects, like muscle weakness, dehydration, and chronic fatigue.
If you are suffering from the condition, don’t hesitate to seek medical help. Also, make sure you check your hormonal status and see whether the issue is caused by a disrupted hormone. In the meantime, be the amazing woman you are and push through morning sickness like a pro.
You got this!