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Morning sickness has benefits

April 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Morning sickness can make an expectant mom miserable. But a new study by Canadian researchers finds moms-to-be who experience nausea and vomiting during their pregnancy give birth to babies with higher IQs.Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children studied 121 pregnant women. They found the children of those who experienced morning sickness had higher intellligence quotients, or IQs.

They also discovered the worse the morning sickness, the more likely the children were to get higher scores on a variety of tests.

Researchers say the hormones that cause nausea and vomiting are actually beneficial and create better conditions for the baby.

Women who have morning sickness were also less likely to have a miscarriage and less likely to have babies with cardiovascular problems.

The findings are reported in the online Journal of Pediatrics.


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