Ginger for Morning Sickness

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.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedJuly 23, 2012

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