Want to know the one good thing about morning sickness?

Morning sickness has a pretty bad reputation.

It shows up uninvited at the most inconvenient times, makes you feel terrible anytime it hangs out with you and is just plain annoying (that’s being generous).

But what if I told you there was an upside? That there was one good thing about morning sickness?

As awful as morning sickness can be, there is one good thing about morning sickness. Truly there is! There may even be a moment where you are glad you have you have it.

An unexpected benefit of morning sickness

So what possible thing could morning sickness bring to the table that’s positive?

Let me tell you a story.

In my second pregnancy I experienced some possible signs of miscarriage.

I had some intermittent bleeding and cramping and entered threatened miscarriage territory. It scared me. I was so frightened of miscarrying and losing my baby.

There is one good thing about Morning sickness. It reassures you that you are pregnant. It might not directly affect the outcome of your pregnancy, but it feels good knowing your hormones are flowing enough to make you feel sick.

I took comfort in my morning sickness symptoms and on the very rare occasion my morning sickness faded for a while I would have something akin to a mild heart attack.

Here are some words from my journal at the time.

Week 8, day 3

My pregnancy now technically has a label of “threatened miscarriage”. I’m having issues with bleeding and cramping. I’m devastated. I’m also scared and paranoid. Did I mention weepy? I’m regretting my regrets. Everyone is being supportive. It’s not helping. For the first time in my life I’m glad to have morning sickness. It keeps reminding me I’m pregnant.

Week 9, day 3

“Possible signs of miscarriage” have not left me and I’ve been feeling isolated. I have great friends and family and but have gone to ground. I don’t want to talk to anyone. Eventually call a girlfriend in tears. A long chat brought me back to centre. How awesome are great girlfriends?

Week 9, day 5

I’m on a 24-hour-nausea-train and I can’t seem to get off. It’s relentless.  Plans for moving forward with a great year of exploration have halted, even though having a baby is part of it. All I want to do is lay down, drink icy water and watch who-done-it crime drama.

Don’t care though. The bleeding and cramping have stopped. Every day it doesn’t show up I feel ecstatic. The baby is well and I am thankful.

Morning sickness gave me reassurance that I was pregnant.

It felt like a very concrete sign that my hormones were pumping and my baby was growing well. Obviously it had no relationship with my bleeding and made no difference to the outcome, but it was something I took comfort in.

Is it true that morning sickness is a sign of a healthy pregnancy?

It’s one thing to feel reassured by morning sickness symptoms. But is it really a sign of a healthy pregnancy?

Well it might be.

There are certainly studies that have found fewer miscarriages in women who experienced nausea and vomiting while they were pregnant.

Unfortunately what these studies don’t tell us is why.

Why do some women experience it while others don’t? There are lots of possible reasons, the most commonly reported being a relationship between rapidly rising levels of hormones, like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen, play a role. But there is still no definitive explanation.

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