Is Ginger Safe For Morning Sickness?

If you are looking for home remedies or natural alternatives to help you with your morning sickness you will come across ginger sooner or later. Many women wonder however if ginger is safe for morning sickness.

Ginger has been used for centuries to treat diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting and many pregnant women have relied on it to relief their nausea during pregnancy.

According to Obstetrics and Gynecology (2005;105:849–56) recent studies suggest that ginger is a safe for pregnant women. Overall 862 women were part of the tests that studies both the effectiveness of ginger as a treatment option for morning sickness and any harm it may do to mother or unborn baby.

The tests concluded that ginger does not appear to adversely affect mother or baby. The studies did not find any indications of maternal hemorrhage, preeclampsia, premature births, fetal deaths, birth defects, or low birth weight.

Ginger does seem to have some mild side effects in some women including heartburn, drowsiness and headaches.

The women in the studies were given dried ginger root extract or syrup made from ginger. Both of these helped the researchers make sure each test person received the same amount of ginger. If you would like to use ginger to relief your nausea, there are several options that are easier to find and tastier than the types of ginger products used in the studies.

You can sip on ginger ale. The carbonation in the ginger ale soda will help with nausea as well. Ginger snaps make a perfect snack any time of the day while providing you with some extra morning sickness help. You can also purchase candied ginger at your local grocery or health food store. It has been sweetened by a coating of sugar, which makes it easier to nibble on the ginger. Fresh ginger should be available in your produce section as well. It is great for cooking, but don’t try to eat it on it’s own. It tastes awful.

Since ginger is safe for morning sickness, give it a try and see if you can’t relief your nausea at least somewhat by incorporating some ginger products in your diet.