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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 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.1

Talk to your doctor about using ginger for morning sickness.

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  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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofAugust 6, 2014

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