Morning sickness -- more like all-day-sickness for some -- may be a signal of a "healthier" pregnancy. That's a laughable...
Morning sickness -- more like all-day-sickness for some -- may be a signal of a "healthier" pregnancy. That's a laughable statement to so many, especially those who experienced severe morning sickness to the tune of weight loss and hospitalization. But a new study is saying that those who experienced morning sickness very early in pregnancy are less likely to miscarry. Nothing like making a bunch of expectant mothers want to wake up and vomit. I'm always wary of news stories and studies that suggest anything is or is not a sign of a healthy, viable pregnancy that results in a newborn baby at the end of a full term pregnancy. As a mother who experienced an early miscarriage, I know what it's like to be left with the wonder. Did I do something wrong? I felt kind of woozy that one day; didn't that count? The questions are never-ending. This particular study is difficult for me to read as well, knowing too many mothers -- online and off -- who lost babies at eight, nine and ten weeks, some into the second trimester as well, who did have that early morning sickness woe. More over, I think that studies like these create unnecessary anxiety for a woman who isn't experiencing any morning sickness. As an example, I had no nausea or vomiting with my firstborn. She was born a healthy seven pounds, nine ounces. I think expectant mothers need to take results of studies like these with a grin of salt. Or, if you're trying to watch your sodium intake, some low-sodium seasoning. The truth is really held in this statement.
Still, because of the nature of the study, the authors could not prove that there was any cause-effect relationship between morning sickness and a healthier pregnancy, just that the two were linked.
Baby FeetThat's an important point. The absence of morning sickness doesn't mean that you're going to miscarry. Lots of vomit doesn't mean that you'll end up with a healthy baby. There are too many variables involved. Most importantly, mothers need to realize that whatever the outcome, miscarriage still remains one of those larger "unknown" things. You can do everything right, down to the letter, and still end up losing your precious bundle. It's not easy. It's not fun. And it's not your fault. If you're newly pregnant and finding yourself worrying about this recent study because you aren't experiencing any feelings of nausea in the morning (or the afternoon or the evening or the middle of the night), try not to fret. And then, when you have your healthy baby in your arms, please come back and share your story so that other mothers may stop worrying, too! Did you lack any morning sickness woes during your pregnancy? Will you share your story in the comments with others to alleviate some of that worry newly expectant moms might be feeling? Photo Credit: _Nezemnaya_.

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