The answer to whether or not nausea is a good or bad thing in pregnancy depends on who is answering the question. A woman in her first trimester of pregnancy may not agree that the nausea and vomiting she experiences all day long is good when all she can do is pay homage to the porcelain god in her bathroom instead of completing tasks at work or home. It is no picnic having to hurl on a regular basis either. Abdominal muscles can become sore from all that action. The nausea and vomiting can happen at the most in opportune times too, causing a disruption. So, what about nausea and vomiting during pregnancy could possibly be good?
Most obstetricians view symptoms of pregnancy including nausea and vomiting as a sign that things are progressing with the developing baby, as it should because the hormones of pregnancy are the cause of the nausea and vomiting. The presence of nausea and vomiting means that the pregnant body is functioning as expected.
Nausea is often called, “morning sickness” during pregnancy although it can occur at anytime during the day or night. Usually the symptoms of nausea and vomiting subside after the fourth month of pregnancy but some women unfortunately continue to be plagued by these symptoms throughout the pregnancy. I was blessed to only experience nausea during the first trimester in all of my pregnancies. My experience was typical. As I entered my second trimester of each pregnancy the nausea and vomiting became only memories.
A Canadian news video shares the good news with pregnant moms that researchers at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children’s Motherisk Program linked enhanced neurodeveloped fetuses with moms experiencing nausea and vomiting.
A press release in May of 2000 from Cornell University reported that “Mother Nature” has something to do with the nausea/vomiting scenario as a way to protect mothers and unborn babies. The study explains nausea and vomiting as a method of protecting the mom and unborn baby from food-borne illness and from chemicals that may otherwise cause deformity of fetal organs during the early months of pregnancy if not for all the vomiting. In the same press release it was reported that two evolutionary biologists agreed that morning sickness has benefits describing the symptoms as “wellness insurance”.
It would seem then that nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is a bad thing if you are the one experiencing them but a good thing considering that they signal that changes are occurring and that hormones are “doing their thing” triggering the symptoms. Nausea and vomiting are therefore both a good thing and bad thing to occur during pregnancy.
CTV.ca News Video Study links morning sickness to brighter kids http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090423/sickness_090423/20090423?hub=Health
Segelken, R. Morning sickness is Mother Nature’s way of protecting mothers and their unborn, Cornell biologists find Cornell News. http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/May00/morning.sickness.hrs.html