Pregnant women suffering from nausea: good news! There’s light at the end of the tunnel. A study shows that women suffering from pregnancy nausea seem to have babies with a higher average IQ.
In any case, many women who are pregnant are worried that their illness will not harm the baby, because they do not take in enough food and the little one will therefore lag behind in development. A new study proves just the opposite. Researchers at the ‘Hospital for Sick Children’ in Toronto, Canada, discovered that mothers who suffer from severe morning sickness during pregnancy have children who are more intelligent.
The researchers included 121 children in the study in the age category of three to seven years. Most of their mothers had experienced severe morning sickness during pregnancy. Instead of these children being left behind, the experts found that the children often scored better in tests for memory and language skills. In any case, all these children performed within the normal spectrum for mental development.
One in two expectant mothers experience a period of nausea, although in it can be different in intensity. Only one in 50 leads to more extreme forms such as hyperemesis.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is quite normal. It is most common during the first three months. It is mainly caused by changes in the hormone balance through which the placenta can develop. So you might see morning sickness as a sign of healthy development.
The hospital’s researchers believe that the pregnancy hormones that cause the nausea have a positive effect on the fetus’ brain. Lead researcher Irena Nulman told Reuters Health: “The results suggest that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are not harmful. And there is reason to believe that it has a long-term positive effect on mental development”.