Morning Sickness Means Smarter Children

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If you’re expecting a child and you constantly experience nausea and vomiting, maybe you feel scared or exhausted about this troubling condition. Morning sickness is not just an unpleasant situation that makes pregnant women like you experience queasiness and/or vomiting but it also affects the babies’ brain development. 

In this article, we will learn about morning sickness that potentially helps babies to become smarter.

The Connection of Morning Sickness and Your Child’s IQ

Affecting more than 80% of pregnancies, morning sickness is often one of the first signs of pregnancy that usually begins around the second week of pregnancy. But nausea and vomiting don’t just happen every morning but also occur at any time of the day. This condition is the result of altered levels of hormones such as estrogen, HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), and thyroxine. 

Although it is difficult to endure, nausea is actually a good sign of a healthy pregnancy. Women who suffer from morning sickness whether it is mild or severe are less likely to miscarry and less likely to give birth to babies with congenital cardiovascular problems. The hormones secreted by the placenta which are essential for a healthy pregnancy trigger nausea.

But I’m still anxious and scared about my body and my baby’s condition. 

It will be okay. Morning sickness is a safe way for you to have a healthy pregnancy and for your baby to enhance his development. 


Positive Effects on Baby’s Neurodevelopment

Based on some research studies, this suggests a positive effect on neurodevelopment. The studies are based on 45 children whose mothers had taken diclectin for morning sickness, 47 whose mothers had suffered morning sickness but not taken the drug and 29 whose mothers had no nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. 

All of the children scored within the normal range for mental development. But when you look further, certain test scores were higher in the two groups of children whose mothers reported having morning sickness and scores tend to soar along with the severity of the morning sickness.

Additional Benefits Related to Morning Sickness & your Child

According to an article from the Telegraph, researchers conducted a study as they looked at data from 10 separate studies made in five countries between 1992 and 2012 which covered 850,000 pregnant women. This was published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology.

Here are the results of the analysis:

  • Mothers who suffered nausea also had fewer premature births; 6.4% compared to 9.5% for healthy mothers.
  • Women 35 or older in particular seemed to benefit from what the researchers called the ‘protective effects’ that resulted.
  • The risk of birth defects was reduced by between 30% and 80%.
  • The benefits were greater with moderate to severe sickness compared with mild illness.

If you have a severe condition of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, you need to seek help with a medical practitioner or with your OB-GYN for you to be treated in the hospital.


Therefore, you already know that morning sickness can boost your baby’s IQ, less likely for them to have birth defects, be born prematurely, or be small or have low birth weight. 

Take care of your body by eating nutritious foods that are essential for your body and especially for your unborn child. 

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