Morning sickness is probably one of the worst things about pregnancy. The thought that your baby might not be getting all of the nutrients it needs will always be on your mind.

After all, if you can’t keep food down, how can the benefits of that food get delivered to the baby? Actually, it looks like there is no need to worry. Research has shown that women who suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy might be more likely to have a child with a high IQ.

This knowledge could potentially make it slighty more bearable when you are leaning over the toilet bowl.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms associated with pregnancy. Despite the name, it can happen at any time, day or night. It is usually one of the first signs of pregnancy and lets up around 14 to 16 weeks.

With that being said, some women can manage to dodge having any sickness at all. As horrible as it can be, morning sickness is really a good sign of pregnancy. It means that the hormone levels are high enough to sustain the pregnancy.

Morning Sickness – The Science

Studies have demonstrated a link between the sickness during pregnancy and a lower rate of miscarriages and other pregnancy complications. This time, researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, looked at the effects pregnancy sickness to see if anything happened with the brain of the babies.

They were specifically looking at long term neurodevelopment, the development of things such as intelligence, behavior, memory and attention.

They studied the children of 92 Canadian mothers who had either had nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and 29 who had not.

Morning Sickness, the Findings

Rather than falling behind the rest, the children with mothers who suffered pregnancy sickness actually came on top. Researchers claimed that pregnancy sickness has an enhancing effect on the later child outcome.

They measured the IQ of all of the children in the study and found that those with mothers who had suffered from morning sickness had higher IQs than those who did not.

They also scored higher on memory and language skill tests. That is not to say that if you do not have morning sickness that your child will be less intelligent.

All of the children in the study scored within the normal range of IQ. Not only did they found a link between pregnancy sickness and IQ, but they also suggested that there was a correlation between the severity of sickness and intelligence.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Although morning sickness is usually a good sing, it is not always harmless. There is a severe type of pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, which can be dangerous for both the mother and the child.

This is characterized by frequent vomiting that does not get better with medication. The frequency is greater than the typical morning sickness. It can be dangerous because the unrelenting vomiting can cause both the mother and the baby to lack the necessary nutrients they need in order to survive.

It can cause muscle weakness, severe fatigue and dehydration, all of which impair the body’s ability to function properly. The Duchess of Cambridge, in the UK, suffered from this during all three of her pregnancies. Be sure to seek medical help if your morning sickness is of an unbearable level.

Doctors still do not know exactly what causes morning sickness, but they think it might have something to do with the hormone levels in the body.

They theorize that these are the same hormones that protect against complications. Unfortunately, there is no great and mysterious cure for morning sickness.

Hopefully knowing that it could be a sign that your child will have higher intelligence can ease the discomfort.