I needed no tests. I knew I was pregnant every time, within 10 days of conception, because my religious consumption of several morning coffees suddenly made me want to retch. And my evening glass of cold white wine suddenly made me blanche.
I remember asking my midwife when would I ever feel ok again, as week after week after month went by and the waves of nausea nearly drowned me.
"Sorry!," she said. "It'll go away soon enough and they say it's a good sign!" I looked at her with an eyebrow raised. "Who is 'they' and why is it a good thing?" I wanted to know. She smiled kindly and said she didn't know who they were and didn't know why it was a good thing.
"Lovely," I thought. "It's good to get all the answers!"
But she may have been right. And so too, all the women who told me it was a good sign, as well as a friend who had terrible sickness with her first and sat at my kitchen table, 8 weeks pregnant, terrified because she didn't feel sick. Her unborn twins had died by then, she just didn't know it for another few weeks.
The study suggests that morning sickness (which was all-day sickness for me and many other women I know) is there to protect us from consuming or ingesting foods that could harm our unborn baby.
According to new results "morning sickness is usually triggered in specific circumstances — in response to:
the sight, smell, or taste of meats and strong-tasting vegetables, which were historically likely to contain foodborne microbes or birth-defect-inducing chemicals;
alcohol and cigarette smoke.
This all suggests morning sickness serves a useful function, evolving to protect mothers and embryos from things that may be dangerous, the researchers figure.
Also, in women who experience morning sickness, symptoms peak precisely when embryonic organ development is most susceptible to chemical disruption, between week six and week 18 of pregnancy."
So as hard as it may be for us to suffer through the terrible nausea, food aversions and vomiting, take comfort in knowing it may mean your little one is growing strong inside you!
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Tell Us -
Did any women here have morning sickness? Or did you have none at all and produced a perfect (or several!) little babe?