Effects of Mom's Extreme Morning Sickness Showing Up in Kids Years Later

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As we eagerly await the arrival of the second royal baby, Kate Middleton's pregnancy continues to shine light on a very important and extreme form of morning sickness -- hyperemesis gravidarum, or HG. And new research is showing that mothers-to-be who experience extreme morning sickness during pregnancy are more likely to have a child who has neurological developmental disorders.


A team of researchers at UCLA studied 312 children who were born to mothers who experienced HG during pregnancy and 169 children of mothers who didn't have the disorder. They then discovered that children of mothers who did have the disorder were 3.28 times more likely to have neurological developmental delays by the time they were 8 years old than children of mothers who did not have the morning sickness.

These developmental delays included everything from attention disorders, learning delays, sensory disorders, to speech and language delay.

But as the American Pregnancy Association points out, the disorder is so rare that about 60,000 cases are treated in hospitals each year. That number, however, could be low because many mothers do home treatments or privately go through their health provider.

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And this study helps to shed light on the disorder. As Marlena Fejzo, the study's lead author, told Reuters, "These findings show that it is vital to take HG seriously so that these pregnant women can get nutritional support right away."

The latest research shows that it's vital to take HG seriously. Pregnant women who believe that their morning sickness is more extreme than expected, should get nutritional support right away. HG leads to the loss of much-needed nutrients that help to nourish the baby, and by receiving help in its early stages, can lead to a quicker recovery and less risk of developmental delays later in the child's life.

The AAP defines the signs and symptoms of HG as severe nausea and vomiting, aversion to food, loss of more 5 percent or more of a woman's pre-pregnancy weight, decrease in urination, dehydration, headaches, confusion, fainting, jaundice, extreme fatigue, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, loss of skin elasticity, and secondary anxiety and depression. For pregnant women who are experiencing these symptoms, don't be afraid to get help to treat the sickness and aid in baby's future development.

Did you experience extreme morning sickness while pregnant?



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