Severe Morning Sickness Could Lead to Pre-Term Birth
February 15, 2012
by Kate Goodin
Morning sickness usually can be brushed off as part and parcel of pregnancy (along the lines of pickle and ice cream cravings), but a new study found it can also be an indicator of serious birth complications, including pre-term labor and preeclampsia.
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The study looked at more than 80,000 women who were all enrolled in a maternity education program and who gave birth between 2004 and 2011. The women who reported debilitating morning sickness were 23 percent more likely to deliver their babies pre-term (before 34 weeks). They also had a 31 percent greater chance of developing high blood pressure or preeclampsia, and were twice as likely to have a low weight gain in their pregnancy.
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One of the study's researchers, Dr. Gary Stanziano of Alere Health, a company that makes health care products and has a morning sickness treatment program, said that this highlights the importance of recognizing and treating severe morning sickness. "This should not be a condition that’s taken lightly," he said.
Did you have severe morning sickness during pregnancy? What morning sickness remedies worked for you?