'Morning Sickness Related to Babies with a Higher IQ,' Says Study

      May 21, 2009 07:47

      Women who experience morning sickness in the early phase of pregnancy have a higher chance of giving birth to children with a high IQ, reported the British Daily Mail newspaper on May 7, citing researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

      Researchers at the hospital recently published a study on the positive relation between morning sickness and the brain development of fetuses in the Journal of Pediatrics.

      Researchers led by Dr. Gideon Koren studied 121 women who gave birth between 1998 and 2003, asking them if they felt nauseous in the early stage of pregnancy, and testing the IQ of their children. The results showed that the children of women who experienced nausea during pregnancy are more intelligent than the children of women who did not, in all criteria assessed, including arithmetic and linguistic fluency.

      Koren said 91 out of 121 women suffered symptoms of morning sickness, such as vomiting, tiredness, while 30 did not. Even accounting for social background, drinking and smoking habits, and the IQ of these women, the result still supported their initial findings, said Koren.

      "Women suffer, but at least it's for a good cause," said Koren, adding that women who experience morning sickness have less risk of miscarriage and heart problems in their babies.

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