vomitIf you suffered from morning sickness, the memory of smelling strong coffee, greasy food and savoury pastries will have your stomach churning.

As you vomited all morning, breaking blood vessels in your face and feeling light headed all day, you probably cursed every minute of it.

But the fact that you had morning sickness at all is actually a great thing.

Research out this month says that you are LESS likely to miscarry if you vomit. It’s all to do with the hormone levels in your body.

The more of the ‘pregnancy’ ones you have, the less likely you are to miscarry.

Ninety per cent of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness – with a third of them throwing up all the way through.

The new evidence from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests morning sickness is associated with a lower risk of miscarriage.

Researcher Stefanie N. Hinkle, Ph.D, said: “It’s a common thought that nausea indicates a healthy pregnancy, but there wasn’t a lot of high-quality evidence to support this belief.

“Our study evaluates symptoms from the earliest weeks of pregnancy, immediately after conception, and confirms that there is a protective association between nausea and vomiting and a lower risk of pregnancy loss.”

The study followed the women as they tried to become pregnant again. The women, ranging in age from 18 to 40, took daily urine tests and used fertility monitors in order to detect any pregnancy as soon as possible.

Almost 800 women became pregnant and were then asked to keep detailed diaries, including whether they were feeling nauseous and/or vomiting. The women who remained pregnant (around a quarter miscarried in the first eight weeks) then completed monthly questionnaires on all aspects of their pregnancy.

The data from this showed that 20 percent of women started experiencing nausea by two weeks into the pregnancy, up to a staggering 84 percent by week eight.

For women who experienced nauseous feelings only, the data showed them 50 percent less likely to miscarry, while the women who experienced vomiting were 75 percent less likely to lose the baby.

The reasons for this are still unclear, but one theory is that high levels of  hCG, the “pregnancy hormone”, are responsible for instigating feelings of nausea. Another theory is that the presence of a viable, strong placenta is responsible for making women feel so sick.

But this is still inconclusive and further study clearly needs to be done on the subject.

However, while morning sickness may be a good sign, some 20 percent of women experience no symptoms of it at all and go on to have healthy, vibrant pregnancies.


Source: Journal of the American Medical Association suggests morning sickness is associated with a lower risk of miscarriage. The research was carried out by the National Institute for Health (NIH) in Maryland involving more than 1,000 women who had previously miscarried.