Ginger for Morning Sickness

Topic Overview

Ginger may relieve nausea and morning sickness after a few days of treatment.1 There are several ways you can use ginger to relieve your symptoms. Try:

  • Ground ginger in a 250 mg capsule, taken 4 times a day. Look for improvement in symptoms after 4 to 7 days.1 Buy ginger capsules that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not mixed with other substances that may harm your baby.
  • Grated fresh ginger in hot water, used as a tea.
  • Ginger in a sugar syrup base, available at health food stores.
  • Eating crystallized ginger, which reportedly works for some women.

There is no known fetal risk linked to using ginger during pregnancy. Some women have reported heartburn or reflux.1

Talk to your doctor about using ginger for morning sickness.

References

Citations

  1. Festin M (2009). Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, search date May 2008. BMJ Clinical Evidence. Available online: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised July 23, 2012

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