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Old 01-10-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
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Morning sickness's upside; May lead to slightly brighter kids

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Morning sickness's upside; May lead to slightly brighter kids
Anonymous. The Gazette. Montreal, Que.: Apr 23, 2009. pg. A.12
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[...] the children whose mothers had morning sickness scored higher on performance IQ (games and tasks), verbal fluency and "phonological processing" - how well children process the sounds of letters and letter combinations.
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Copyright CanWest Digital Media Apr 23, 2009

For every woman who has choked down dry toast to combat morning sickness comes new Canadian research suggesting an upside to pregnancy nausea: It may lead to brighter children.

Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children are reporting that babies born to women who experience morning sickness score higher on IQ tests when they're older.

The more severe the nausea and vomiting, the higher the scores.

The study, to be published today by the Journal of Pediatrics, is being described as the first to assess the impact of morning sickness on a child's brain development.

The study, which was partially funded by Duchesnay Inc., the Quebec drug company that markets Diclectin, the only approved drug for nausea in pregnancy, involved 121 women from 1998 to 2003.

The women and their babies were split into three groups: 45 mothers who experienced morning sickness who took Diclectin; 47 who had morning sickness but who didn't take the drug; and 29 women who didn't have any morning sickness at all.

The women had similar IQs and came from similar socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.

When the children were ages 3 to 7, they were tested.

All scored within the normal range of IQ. But the children whose mothers had morning sickness scored higher on performance IQ (games and tasks), verbal fluency and "phonological processing" - how well children process the sounds of letters and letter combinations. Taking Diclectin did not appear to have any negative effect on brain development, the researchers say.

"Probably even more interesting, the achievements of the babies of moms who did not have morning sickness were not as high," says Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk Program at Sick Kids and the study's principal investigator.

"It's important to stress it was not mental retardation or anything," says Koren, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto who has been a paid consultant for Duchesnay.

The difference "wasn't clinically very important," he says. "It was a few points of IQ, and other functions such as language development."

Credit: Canwest News Service
Well this is GOOD news for me as I had horrible morning sickness each pregnancy.

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Old 01-10-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
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Very interesting. Isn't Dicletin Unisom and Vitamin B or something like that? I'd love to see such a study using Zofran and Phenergan!
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omg, my kids are going to be GENIUSES! bahahaha. ok, no seriously, i have to go puke now....

do you happen to have the link to this study? because my mom had terrible morning sickness too (probably why i'm so smart ) and i would love to send it to her, she would think it was hilarious!
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That's not good news! My kids are too smart as it is, they totally take advantage of me! Especially when I lay here like a queasy corpse all day! Lol!
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Haha, my kids are pretty smart! LOL

There may be some connection here but dh has a high IQ and his mom never had a day of morning sickness with either of her pregnancies. And oddly, I had very little morning sickness this last pregnancy but was super sick with all my others, my last 2 being the worst (and both are quite bright, high IQs)...
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omg, my kids are going to be GENIUSES! bahahaha. ok, no seriously, i have to go puke now....

do you happen to have the link to this study? because my mom had terrible morning sickness too (probably why i'm so smart ) and i would love to send it to her, she would think it was hilarious!
I do but it's from a password protected site (online scholarly library from school) so I doubt you'd be able to get in it. Let me see if I can find it somewhere else that's public.
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I do but it's from a password protected site (online scholarly library from school) so I doubt you'd be able to get in it. Let me see if I can find it somewhere else that's public.
oh ok. well if you can find it great, if not, don't worry about it. i just thought it was interesting enough to send around to some people thanks!
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Yay! I guess that means this little one is going to be smart I especially liked the "more severe, the higher the score" line. My kid is going to be a genius
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