Many women dread the idea of morning sickness. Severe nausea and vomiting can be very uncomfortable during pregnancy. Should women actually hope to experience this awful pregnancy symptom though? Is morning sickness indicative of a healthier pregnancy? Here’s what pregnant women should know about how nausea and vomiting plays a role in miscarriage risk.
Morning Sickness May Lower the Risk of Miscarriage
A study has shown that there is a lower risk of miscarriage among women who experience morning sickness, according to MSNBC. According to the study, pregnancy women who did not experience morning sickness were 3.2 less likely to miscarry than those who did suffer from nausea and vomiting. The longer that the women experienced morning sickness, the lower their risk of miscarrying the baby was.
The results showed that the link between miscarriage and morning sickness varied according to age. Women under 25 were less likely to miscarry, even if they did not experience nausea or vomiting. Miscarriage drastically increased for women who were over 35 and did not have morning sickness, however. Older women are known to have a higher miscarriage rate.
Researchers were only able to confirm that there is a link between morning sickness and miscarriage. As of right now, they are not sure why women who experience nausea and vomiting are less likely to miscarry. Once the reason is identified, the results could prove to be groundbreaking in terms of preventing miscarriage among older women.
Don’t Worry if You Don’t Have Morning Sickness
According to MSNBC, researchers said that women should not worry if they do not experience morning sickness. There are plenty of women who do not have nausea or vomiting during early pregnancy or throughout their nine months of pregnancy who do not miscarry. The risk of miscarriage is among those who do not have morning sickness is much lower for those who are under younger in age – but so is the risk of all miscarriages.
It is important to keep in mind that lifestyle plays an important role in preventing miscarriage. Taking your prenatal vitamins, following a well-balanced diet, exercising for at least 30 minutes a day five times a week, and keeping stress at a minimum can help reduce the risk of miscarriage. Making healthy choices during pregnancy is the best way to ensure that you do not miscarry, regardless of whether or not you have morning sickness.
MSNBC, “Morning sickness may sickness signal healthier pregnancy.”