Ginger Is Good For Nausea in Pregnancy

Ginger is helpful for treating morning sickness in early pregnancy, according to new guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in the UK. In fact, the evidence that ginger can reduce morning sickness is so strong, they have given it a top Grade A rating, quoting three systematic reviews to support its effectiveness.

The results from six studies, involving over 500 pregnant women, show that taking around one gram of ginger per day, for at least four days, was five times more likely to result in an improvement in nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy than placebo.

Another study found that eating 5 ginger biscuits (each providing 500mg ginger each) per day was also effective for relieving nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.

Reassuringly, the RCOG say there is no evidence that use of ginger has any adverse effects on fetal development.

Other researchers have found that ginger is effective for treating nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and motion sickness. Ginger ale also appears to be effective if you prefer sipping a drink to eating biscuits or taking ginger pills.

The exact way in which ginger works to suppress nausea is uncertain, but it appears to have effects on stomach emptying and the release of a hormone (vasopressin) associated with circular movement.

Ginger root extracts also have over two thousand years history of use to treat digestive symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, belching and bloating. Ginger may also protect against the formation of stomach ulcers.

If nausea or vomiting is severe or persistent, always seek medical advice – especially during pregnancy.

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QUORA EXPERT - TOP WRITER 2018 Dr Sarah Brewer MSc (Nutr Med), MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, RNutr, MBANT, CNHC Cert IoD qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, she gained a master's degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. Sarah is a registered Medical Doctor, a registered Nutritionist and a registered Nutritional Therapist. She is an award winning author of over 70 popular self-help books and a columnist for Prima magazine.

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4 thoughts on “Ginger Is Good For Nausea in Pregnancy

  • Angela

    I found your site to be really interesting with the talk of ginger and how it affects nausea during pregnancy I love the taste of ginger and have used it for upset stomach’s. Funny though I just thought it was me. Seems we are finding are some great benefits of not only ginger but also other wonderful spices
    Thanks Angela

  • Derek Marshall

    Hi there,

    That is very interesting, and in a way explains as why pregnant Asian Women don’t seem to suffer from morning sickness as much as their western counter parts.

    I am now wondering now if ginger would be an effective cure or treatment of sea sickness and perhaps travel sickness.

    • admin

      It’s certainly worth a try as many people find it helpful for different types of nausea. And it won’t do any harm, which is important.