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.
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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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah A. Marshall, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology