Who knew one day I’d do a happy dance over seven months of throwing up and two trips to the emergency room? According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics, moms should be embracing morning sickness – it means we’re bound to pop out smarter babies.
Take that Ms. “Oh, I loved pregnancy, I never threw up, never even had an upset tummy.”
The study was commissioned to look at the affects – if any – of anti-nausea drugs in pregnancy, and there’s good news there too. Scientists found that mothers who took diclectin during their pregnancy to fight their morning sickness were not endangering their kids’ mental acuity. That in and of itself is important news for doctors, who find that mothers who are suffering from morning sickness are loathe to take anything for fear of hurting their fetus.
But as Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk Program, at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and one of the study’s authors, points out, morning sickness can have debilatating affects on a mother. See above – two trips to the ER and seven months of loafing about miserably sick (see also – why I’m only having one child!).
Whether parents took the drugs or not, the researchers found the kids coming out of cranky sick moms were scoring higher on tests of IQ (yes, I know, a very imperfect system) and mental acuity. This goes along with the good news that women who suffer morning sickness are less likely to miscarry and less likely to have babies with cardiovascular problems.
So moms, carry that barf bag proudly. You’re baking a little genius in your oven.
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