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Suffering from morning sickness could indicate that your baby is going to have a high IQ, so research in Canada has discovered. Scientists looked at a sample of 120 mothers who had phoned a special helpline for women who felt particularly ill or nauseous during pregnancy. It was entitled the NVP (Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy) helpline.
Specialists in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto concluded that babies born to women with symptoms of nausea tended to have babies with a higher IQ than those who did not experience nausea.
Tests were carried out on children aged between 3 and 7 that included numeracy and verbal fluency. The findings suggest that those whose mothers had experienced morning sickness during pregnancy did better in the tests!
The achievements of those babies whose mothers had not had nausea were found to achieve lower results.
The research leader, Dr Gideon Koen reiterated it did not suggest mental retardation by any means, it just suggested a slightly higher IQ.
For many women, morning sickness can be dreadfully debilitating and indeed embarrassing. It is supposed to be only a symptom during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy - this is often not the case and it continues throughout the pregnancy. And, it is known as morning sickness, but for so many it is not confined to the mornings at all!
So, for all those women who endure the horrors of morning (or evening or daytime) sickness, these findings are a small consolation!