Is the morning sickness hormone the sign of healthy pregnancy?

Experts are now saying that the hormone that causes morning sickness could be a sign of a healthy pregnancy.

This comes as good news to four out of five women who suffer from nausea in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Researchers at the University of Reading have found that morning sickness may be a good thing, as it is caused by a hormone vital for a healthy pregnancy.

Those hormones

Endokinin, which acts on the brain to cause morning sickness, also ensures good blood flow through the placenta so that oxygen and nutrients can reach the unborn baby.

Professor Philip Lowry, from the University of Reading’s school of biological sciences, said he hoped the news would bring ‘psychological relief’ to pregnant women

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“There may be a temptation to use endokinin-blocking drugs to treat morning sickness during pregnancy, but these findings suggest that such drugs could affect the health of the pregnancy and must be avoided.”

The review, published in the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, references a study of 800 pregnant women from last year. It found that, for those with a history of miscarriage, vomiting and nausea in subsequent pregnancies was linked to higher odds of a successful birth.

Here at m&i, we hope this news brings some comfort to women suffering from morning sickness. Read here for some of our top tips for getting through nausea when pregnant.

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