The benefits of ginger in pregnancy
A study has shown that even ginger biscuits can help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. Here’s how
Having analysed three research studies on the effects of ginger of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine has concluded that the spice really can help ease the problem.
The study found that, in a controlled trial, women who used ginger (on average around 1g a day) for at least four days saw a five-fold likelihood of improvement in nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.
The researchers concluded that their data suggests ginger is an effective non-pharmacological treatment for morning sickness.
How to take ginger for pregnancy sickness
Depending on your pre-pregnancy tastes, different things might work for you. But women have found that
- ginger tea (either bought or made from hot water infused with cut fresh ginger and lemon)
- ginger biscuits
- ginger ale
can all help alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness.
The NHS advices that, while no studies have shown any adverse effects of taking a ginger supplement during pregnancy, ginger products are unlicensed in the UK.
Check out our 7 ways to relieve morning sickness.