Scientists have shown why morning sickness may not be such a bad thing after all. Apparently, it lowers chances of miscarriage in the expectant mothers-to-be who experience it.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy may lessen the chances of miscarriage. These symptoms are commonly given the terminology of “morning sickness”.
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The symptoms begin towards dawn and end by the time the day begins progressing towards twilight. By the time the fourth month of pregnancy begins, these symptoms simply vanish in most women.
Yet there are others who may have the symptoms for the entire course of their pregnancy. The exact causes of morning sickness are a mystery. Some have said that it is an act that prevents toxins and bacteria from food and drink from infecting the vulnerable mother.
While nausea is said to accompany a healthy pregnancy, there are those experts who detract from this opinion. There is however evidence to support the finding that morning sickness may lessen the chances of miscarriage.
The data from aspirin consumption during pregnancy was taken and studied by the researchers. The acid test was to see whether taking a low dosage of aspirin would offset the chances of losing a child during childbirth.
The females in the study were carefully observed with regard to their behavior. Also they kept diaries which recorded their morning sickness experiences on a daily basis.
These women responded to a questionnaire regarding their symptoms during the 36th week of pregnancy. All previous studies had not provided such extensive data on the facts regarding morning sickness and miscarriage.
These past studies had only relied on the faulty memory of the mothers-to-be. This of course was not very scientific. In this latest study though, 797 women participated. 188 pregnancies ended in loss.
By the eighth week, more than 50% reported nausea and more than 25% experienced nausea and vomiting. These women were 50% to 70% less likely to lose their babies in the end.
Such a finding holds significance for future interventions and is an object lesson in Mother Nature’s defense mechanisms against loss of life during pregnancy.
The study appeared in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was conducted by researchers at NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and other institutions.