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Study: Morning sickness means lower risk of miscarriage

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WEST LAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -

A new study may be reassuring to pregnant women suffering through the difficult symptoms of morning sickness.

Alyson Flores is now seven months pregnant and feeling great, but early on the morning sickness was unbearable.

"It was all day every day, in the middle of the night, in the morning," said Flores.

A new study from the national institutes of health finds pregnant women who suffer with the nausea or vomiting of morning sickness may have a lower risk of miscarriage. Researchers followed nearly 800 women and found those who reported nausea or vomiting while pregnant were 50 to 75 percent less likely to suffer a loss.

"The benefit of this study is now we can actually tell patients that there's evidence for this, that they're not feeling for no good reason. It actually demonstrates the pregnancy is progressing. The cause of morning sickness is not known, but researchers say it possibly protects the unborn baby against toxins and organisms in foods and drinks that can cause disease," said Dr. Leena Nathan, UCLA Health.

Nathan says women can still have healthy pregnancies without morning sickness.

"It's a really important step forward just so we can understand more about pregnancy especially early pregnancy which is when people are most anxious about whether the pregnancy will progress or not.

Flores said the study is reassuring for her.

"I was definitely relieved. I worried about what it meant and then the side effects of any medications I would have to take," said Flores.

Because she says being a first time mom can be a bit scary.

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