You don’t have to experience morning sickness to know that it’s a real jerk, you just need eyes (or ears) and a little empathy. But beyond a few remedies there’s not always a ton you can do to help and it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture (who happens to be tiny). But a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine should put it back into perspective, because they found that morning sickness might actually reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Researchers specifically looked at higher risk subjects for miscarrying and recruited 797 pregnant women who had already lost one or 2 pregnancies. Women kept daily diaries about nausea and vomiting between weeks 2 and 8 in their pregnancies, and completed monthly questionnaires about the symptoms after that up until 36 weeks. Although 24 percent of these sadly still ended in a miscarriage, in the end nausea as well as nausea with vomiting were associated with reduce risk for pregnancy loss. But maybe don’t bring up that it could be a good thing while she’s blowing chunks. It won’t help.
These findings might only directly apply to women who’ve already had a miscarriage, but to be fair, that’s a lot of people. Authors of the study also acknowledge that such a correlation is not the same as causation, and lack of morning sickness symptoms does not mean your spouse will miscarry. It just means that there could be some biological link between them barfing and a greater good, so keep your eye on the prize — but perhaps the toilet first.