Study: Morning sickness during pregnancy protects baby in the womb, lowers risk of miscarriage

The cause of the morning sickness is not known, but the recent study revealed that it protects the foetus against toxins and various disease-causing organisms in foods and beverages

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New York, Sep 27 : During pregnancy, nausea, and vomiting or the “morning sickness” which occurs is associated with a lower risk of miscarriage, a study has found.

Morning sickness is something which typically begins in the morning and resolves as the day progresses. For most of the women, nausea and vomiting subside by the fourth month of pregnancy. Some may have these symptoms for the entire period of pregnancy till delivery.

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The cause of the morning sickness is not known, but the recent study revealed that it protects the foetus against toxins and various disease-causing organisms in foods and beverages.

“Our study evaluates symptoms from the earliest weeks of pregnancy, immediately after conception, and confirms that there is a protective association between nausea and vomiting and a lower risk of pregnancy loss,” said Stefanie N. Hinkle, lead author and scientist at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) — a public health research organization in Maryland, US.

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The team analyzed a total of 797 women who had tested positive for pregnancy, with 188 ending in miscarriage.

By the eighth week of pregnancy, 57.3 percent of the women reported of experiencing nausea and 26.6 percent reported nausea along with vomiting.

After analyzing, the researchers found that the women experiencing ‘morning sickness’ were 50 to 75 percent less likely to have pregnancy loss as compared to those who had not experienced it.

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The study, appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine, was conducted by researchers at and other institutions.

– prepared by NewsGram team with inputs from IANS. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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  • Anubhuti Gupta

    This just goes to show in a weird way that there’s reason for all suffering after all!