October 28, 2016 1 min read

Does Morning Sickness Mean a Lower Chance of Miscarriage?

According to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine, yes. Experiencing nausea and vomiting, also known as morning sickness, during pregnancy is associated with a reduced probability of a miscarriage.

Participants in the study had a history of either 1 or 2 prior pregnancy losses. Nearly 66% reported nausea by week 8, and over 25% had nausea and vomiting.

A total of 797 women started the study pregnant. Of these, 188, or 23.6%, unfortunately, ended in a loss. Nausea and vomiting were tracked throughout the pregnancy. Based on the results of births vs. losses, nausea, and nausea with vomiting were associated with a reduced risk of pregnancy loss.

Overall, according to JAMA, the study is the most definitive data available to indicate the strong link between morning sickness being associated with the reduced chance of a miscarriage.

So while morning sickness might be miserable, it’s a positive sign that the pregnancy is progressing healthily and safely.


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