Study: Morning sickness benefits babies


by Jay Crandall

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 6:51 PM

PHOENIX -- This could make pregnant moms feel a little better about that morning sickness.

It turns out the worse you feel, the better the baby feels.

According to a new study indicating morning sickness may actually lead to healthier babies

If you have seen movies like "Fargo" or "Knocked Up" you know it is often played for laughs on the big screen, but as new mom and ob/gyn Dr. Candice Wood and she will tell you there is nothing funny about morning sickness.

"No, no,” she says, adding, "And i have been lucky, I get nauseous but I haven't ever thrown up."

And, Dr. Wood, who is with Banner Health, says for some women, it can be severe.

"And then there are some people who have to be on anti-emetics, anti-nausea, the same medications we use to treat cancer patients."

But, while it is miserable, it turns out that morning sickness is a good thing.

"Nobody really wishes to have morning sickness, but in all actuality it is a good sign all things are going well," she tells us.

Something backed up by a new study showing that women with symptoms of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy had fewer miscarriages and gave birth to bigger, healthier babies, had fewer birth defects and better long-term development for the child.

Doctors will now be looking at why that is, but Dr. Wood, says hormones play a big factor in morning sickness, "The hormone, the beta hcg  that is the hormone of pregnancy increases steadily after you are pregnant into the first trimester and as it increases it can cause those symptoms."

There are things you can do to relieve the sickness, and the study showed they did not diminish the positive effects on the baby.

"I kind of start with basic things," says Dr. Wood, "Vitamin b6 and ginger have been studied and been proven, and those are things people are comfortable taking, they are natural, and then we move up."

And she says remember, this really is one time when feeling bad is good.

"And be grateful you have a sign that things are going well."

Dr. Wood says oftentimes expectant moms get more worried when the morning sickness subsides, she says that is normal, it is just the hormone levels dropping back down.

Researchers will now be looking to isolate exactly what it is about morning sickness that is bringing the benefits.