Expecting Moms: Seen a Neurologist?

A question for all you soon-to-be mothers out there: Is your morning sickness getting to be too much, too early? If so, it may be time to call your neurologist.

Morning sickness within the first five weeks of gestation was found to be significantly tied to the likelihood of a child having a developmental delay, according to a recent (small) U.S. study.

If you have extreme symptoms, the children exposed to this condition were found to be more than three times as likely to be diagnosed with attention and sensory disorders, along with learning and language delays by age eight.

This study is still ongoing, with several theories for its findings, including one by Marlena Fejzo, an author in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. Fejzo says women who get symptoms very early often suffer from nutritional deficiency and dehydration, leading to the aforementioned problems.

A major indicator of the condition’s severity is that women lose 5 percent or more of their body weight from nausea and vomiting, she said.

In this article, Fejzo says that while the issue is definitely one to worry about if diagnosed, expecting mothers should not worry about it unless their symptoms are particularly severe. Otherwise, it is not something to alarm yourself with.

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