Lots of women hate me when I tell them I've no idea what morning sickness feels like because I never got even a hit of it during either one of my pregnancies. I know I was very lucky, but I also know I didn't really do anything different or special to prevent it. Funny thing is that neither my mother (who has three children) nor my sister (who only has one) experienced morning sickness either. 

For years, scientists have been trying to figure out what causes it and how to prevent it, and now one, Gordon Gallup, is saying unfamiliar semen is to blame!

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Yes, you read right. Gallup claims that since half of a fetus' DNA comes from the father, the mom's body may first treat it as an infection or some type of foreign tissue, triggering an immune reaction that brings about nausea, vomiting and overall malaise--otherwise known as morning sickness. The cure? More semen! According to Gallup, a mom's body will develop more tolerance to her partner's semen the more exposure it has to it. 

The scientist's theory is way too new and it hasn't even put to the test, but Gallup has presented some interesting predictions that I'd be curious to find out if they turn out to be true. For example, Gallup believes that lesbians who haven't really been exposed to semen prior to getting pregnant through artificial insemination should have some of the worst cases of morning sickness. I'm no scientist, but this shouldn't be too hard to prove, no?

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Although it's obviously too early to suggest that having more sex can help you with your morning sickness, it wouldn't hurt to try--after all, it's a well-known fact that sex during pregnancy can be pretty amazing!

What do you think about Gallup's theory? Did you have morning sickness? What did you do to deal with it? Share your thoughts by leaving us a comment below.

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About the author

Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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