How to Get Ginger to Combat Morning Sickness

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

Homemade fermented Ginger Ale
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Most pregnant women fight morning sickness. What makes it tough (aside from the obvious discomfort) is that many of the anti-nausea medications on the shelf aren’t sufficiently tested for use by pregnant women. Fortunately, there are natural remedies to this problem. Among the most notable is, of course, ginger.

Getting your ginger to fight morning sickness, however, can be a bit tricky. Many experts advocate drinking some ginger tea, but many women just don’t like the taste. Here are some of the ways you can integrate ginger into your system and get some morning sickness relief:

  • Ginger soda. The key with ginger soda is to make sure you’re actually getting ginger. Many of the “Ginger Ale” products on the shelf use artificial flavorings. Find one that actually uses ginger, and make sure to pick one without caffeine. A little caffeine during pregnancy isn’t harmful, but if you need to use ginger several times a day this will add up.
  • Ginger supplements. There are a variety of ginger root supplements on the market, too. These typically take the form of a pill or capsule that you take. Consider taking your ginger supplement at least half an hour before you take your prenatal vitamins, as prenatal vitamins can make morning sickness worse for some women.
  • Ginger tea. Of course, ginger tea is an option. There are even special tea blends designed to help with morning sickness. These commonly contain other anti-nausea ingredients, such as peppermint or chamomile as well.

You also need to watch out for severe morning sickness. If you can’t keep anything down, ginger isn’t probably going to help much. Talk to your doctor. She may have some other ideas about how you can combat your morning sickness. If she thinks you’re in danger of becoming malnourished, she can admit you to the hospital to get some IV fluids and nutrients, too.

So, what about you? Have you used ginger to combat morning sickness in the past? How did you get it, and how well did it work for you?





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