Pregnant women who suffer nausea and sickness in the first trimester may be less likely to miscarry
There’s good news for mums-to-be who are feeling green around the gills in the early months of their pregnancy. A new study has suggest that the sickness actually signals a healthy pregnancy and you even have a slightly lower risk of miscarriage than those who sail through the early stages with no nausea at all.
But if you’re lucky enough to have avoided morning sickness, it’s not a reason to worry. The study investigated the pregnancy symptoms of 2,400 American women but its author, Dr Ronna L Chan, said there were other factors at work.
“Not all pregnant women who go on to have successful pregnancies experience nausea and vomiting early on or at all,” said Dr Ronna. “In addition, pregnancy symptoms can vary from one pregnancy to the next, even for the same woman.”
The team have suggested that morning sickness could be the body’s way of improving the quality of a mum-to-be’s diet and eliminating potentially harmful substances. But Dr Ronna has also suggested that the nausea is caused by hormone changes, which might indicate those who suffer more have sharper rises of the hormones that help sustain pregnancy.
If your morning sickness is cause you problems, check out our guide to beating the nausea.