Morning Sickness: A Mechanism for Protecting Mother and Embryo

  title={Morning Sickness: A Mechanism for Protecting Mother and Embryo},
  author={S. Flaxman and P. Sherman},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={113 - 148}
  • S. Flaxman, P. Sherman
  • Published 2000
  • Medicine, Biology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • Approximately two-thirds of women experience nausea or vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. These symptoms are commonly known as morning sickness. Hook (1976) and Profet (1988) hypothesized that morning sickness protects the embryo by causing pregnant women to physically expel and subsequently avoid foods that contain teratogenic and abortifacient chemicals, especially toxic chemicals in strong-tasting vegetables, caffeinated beverages and alcohol. We examined this hypothesis by… CONTINUE READING
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