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Extreme Morning Sickness and Pre-Term Birth are Linked, Study Shows

Posted by Alissa Robson

Morning sickness is challenging enough for pregnant women, without adding serious worry about pre-term birth; but a new study is showing the two might have a stronger link than has been thought in the past.

The study monitored women who reported serious nausea and vomiting during their pregnancy (serious enough to interrupt their lifestyles), as well as those who reported only mild morning sickness or none at all.

Of the women who reported the serious morning sickness, it was found that they were 23 percent more likely to deliver their babies before 34 weeks, and were 31 percent more likely to have serious pregnancy issues, such as high blood pressure or preeclampsia.

Unsurprisingly, these women were also more likely to experience lower weight gain.

While morning sickness is common in pregnancy, affecting between 50 and 60 percent of women, it’s only roughly 1 percent who experience it to a severe degree. But while that number is small, the researchers behind this study believe that it’s important to treat their condition seriously and monitor it closely.

Some suggestions for helping with morning sickness include eating smaller meals throughout the day, keeping crackers beside the bed, staying hydrated and taking nutritional supplements (as advised by a doctor). In some cases, medications may also be prescribed.

At SureBaby, we want to hear your experiences with morning sickness. Were they severe, mild or non-existent? How did you cope? Let us know in the comments!

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