Friday, May 15, 2009

An Unfortunate Correlation

It turns out that severe morning sickness during a mother's pregnancy is associated with higher tested IQ in the child, according to a recent study. The likely explanation is that something about the hormones that cause nausea and vomiting also help with neurological development. I guess that's a small comfort if you're feeling really sick. But boy, I know I wished whoever designed pregnancy decided, instead, to have the hormones make you feel heavenly...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've got a PG kid but sorry, no correlation here. Had no nausea, no vomiting...truly easy pregnancies.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if it's because a very nauseous pregnant woman is less likely to drink or smoke.

Alesandra said...

Wow! I can't believe I came across this article. I have a 29 month old son who I suspect is gifted (Has been able to read in 2 languages since he was 18 months old and now loves to translate and understands quite well the difference between a literal and an interpreted translation). Anyway, I had a very very tough pregnancy. I didn't have morning sickness. I had all day and all night morning sickness : ) I was nauseous for 7 months with a migraine that lasted that long too among other things. The very weird thing is that during those awful months (And the very best of my life too) all I could think was that my son was going to be extremely special. Extremely intelligent. The sicker/the most nauseous I felt, the stronger those feeling/thoughts were. I was doing some google research :) on giftedness when I found this. My instincts might have been right all along. I guess I'll know for sure once my little one is older.

J. said...

Well, if that's the case, my daughter's IQ oughta be through the roof. I have one child and had hyperemesis (severe nausea and vomiting to merit hospitalization multiple times) throughout most of the pregnancy.

She is PG. Ah, knew there had to be some payoff :).

Anonymous said...

I have two HG kids. Did not have any nausea with either of them.

Anonymous said...

My son is HG and I didn't have one moment of nausea my whole pregnancy.

Crimson Wife said...

I have 3 kids. One is confirmed PG, one is 2E (high non-verbal IQ & speech delay), and the youngest is only 4 mos. but is extremely alert and hitting developmental milestones early. With my girls (my oldest & my youngest), I had morning sickness in the 1st trimester and then again in the last month. With my son, I had horrendous morning sickness from the time I was 5 weeks right up until delivery, ugh!

Stacey063 said...

I had virtually no nausea and never vomited with either child and they are both highly gifted.

atxteacher said...

Very interesting! At least there's the possibility of a positive side to morning sickness (terribly misnamed), besides losing weight while pregnant!

The suggestion that the benefits are from the hormonal levels makes me wonder if it can be manipulated purposefully.

Anonymous said...

I bet the omitted variable is those damn prenatals that make you throw up.