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Ginger for Morning Sickness

Topic Overview

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

  • Ground ginger in a capsule, taken several times a day. 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.footnote 1

Talk to your doctor about using ginger for morning sickness.

References

Citations

  1. Festin M (2014). Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. BMJ Clinical Evidence. http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/x/pdf/clinical-evidence/en-gb/systematic-review/1405.pdf. Accessed June 23, 2014.

Credits

Current as of: October 8, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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