It's official! Mums who get bad morning sickness have kids with HIGH IQs

Canadian scientific report reveals all...

Editor / April 02 2019

Pregnant women who spend a lot of time feeling nauseous, throwing up or feeling sick tend to have smarter children!

Researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, found that mums who suffer from severe morning sickness during pregnancy - including Hyperememsis Gravidarum, the condition Kate Middleton suffered from - tend to have kids with high IQs.

The ground-breaking study looked at 121 children between the ages of three and seven, whose mothers suffered from severe morning sickness during their pregnancy.

Experts found these children were more likely to have scored higher on IQ, memory and language skill tests.

 

 

Nausea can affect up to 80 per cent of pregnant women and about half of these mamas-to-be will then actually vomit or retch. For some women these symptoms can last for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or sometimes beyond and even into the last trimester.

Researchers believe that pregnancy hormones related to morning sickness have positive effects on fetal brain development.

“[The findings suggest that] nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is not harmful and in fact may enhance favourably children’s long-term [mental development],” lead researcher Dr Irena Nulman told Reuters Health.

This is good news for mothers-to-be who feel like thy are struggling with feeling queasy all day every day at the beginning of their pregnancy!

 

Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.