I don’t have morning sickness, is my baby going to be okay?
The fact of the matter is that, even if you don’t have morning sickness, your baby is likely to be okay. There is no research to suggest that there is any link whatsoever between morning sickness and problems with pregnancy. If you don’t have morning sickness, you should consider yourself lucky and move on in an optimistic way into the remainder of your pregnancy.
It is important to understand what exactly morning sickness is. Morning sickness is, simply put, nausea that is caused by pregnancy. This nausea can be mild, leaving you feeling just queasy, or it can be severe, leading to full-fledged vomiting. Morning sickness doesn’t always occur in the morning; it can happen at any time of the day. Many women never experience morning sickness in the morning at all. Other women may experience morning sickness pretty much all the day long.
We really don’t know for certain what it is that causes morning sickness. Some research suggests that there may be a link between the changing levels of hormones that take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy and morning sickness. Morning sickness may also be related to the increased sense of smell that often accompanies pregnancy. Regardless of what exactly causes morning sickness, there is no reason to think that your baby is not going to be okay due to you having or not having morning sickness.
Having said all of that, there has been some research that suggests a possible link between a lack of any pregnancy symptoms in early pregnancy and miscarriage. Women in this particular study who experienced no pregnancy symptoms whatsoever until at or near the end of the first trimester were more likely to miscarry than women who experienced some of the symptoms of pregnancy in the first six weeks or so of pregnancy. Again, these women had no symptoms whatsoever; not only did they not have morning sickness, they didn’t have breast tenderness, back pain, or any of the other common symptoms of pregnancy. Still, more research does need to be done in this area.