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Ginger is a ‘super food’. People have been using ginger as a culinary and therapeutic agent for centuries. It adds zesty flavor to food and also comes with health benefits. The Western society uses the herb for pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. But before you consume ginger during pregnancy, you need to know about its safe dosage, and consequences of over-consumption. Also, as ginger is not something you would relish eating, find out ways to consume it. MomJunction helps you understand all these and more.
Yes, it is safe to take fresh ginger in your food during pregnancy. However, dried root may not be good. Ginger is beneficial as long as you take it in healthy amounts, by adding it to a recipe or ginger tea. Do not take any ginger supplements unless you get your doctor’s opinion, as the higher concentrations may raise the risk of miscarriage.
You can take about one gram of ginger root per day in two to four divided doses. You can include fresh ginger or candied forms for pregnancy-related nausea and morning sickness (1). You need to be especially careful in the first trimester.
During the first trimester, you are likely to suffer from nausea, vomiting, malaise and mood changes. So, the best time to drink ginger tea is when you feel nauseated; it alleviates your discomfort and is refreshing. But, do not over-consume just because it is working for you.
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You may be sipping a hot cup of ginger tea or adding ginger in your food for its flavor. So, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that it benefits you in various ways.
Ginger boosts blood circulation in your body and therefore promotes adequate blood supply to your unborn baby.
Ginger controls cholesterol level, thus reducing the risk of high cholesterol levels during pregnancy.
If you are suffering from morning sickness and nausea, you can expect relief by taking ginger as it is a soothing agent. Have homemade ginger ale or ginger tea to calm down those tummy issues.
Ginger is effective in treating a common cold, minor ailments and persistent cough. Your immune system gets sluggish when you are pregnant, making you vulnerable to these minor ailments. Ginger has an exceptional ability to boost immunity and helps you recover quickly. It also helps you prevent these diseases (2).
Research studies state that ginger plays a vital role in keeping the blood glucose levels in check. It thereby keeps the mother and growing baby healthy. It also aids in maintaining your energy levels high and treats exhaustion and fatigue (3).
Various reasons, such as infection or poor diet habits, may hamper your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Ginger supports your body in absorbing the nutrients and supplying them to your unborn baby.
Ginger is an excellent remedy to treat heartburn associated with pregnancy. It fights off the acids, which cause heartburn. You can consume ginger tea made with a fresh slice of ginger and sugar or honey, sip in between your meals. Homemade ginger ale also works.
During pregnancy, digestion slows down to allow the baby to absorb nutrients. This makes you feel heavy, leading to bloating and gas. Take ginger before bedtime to avoid any digestive issues and neutralize the problem of bloating. You can also take one teaspoon of fresh ginger juice and honey.
Ginger is anti-inflammatory in nature and thereby reduces inflammation and swelling during pregnancy. Dip a slice of ginger in honey and eat it for relief.
Any pain that you suffer during pregnancy, abdominal, lower back or joints, ginger helps to alleviate it. It works on the hormonal level, and you will have fewer pains and aches. You may start your day with ginger ale or ginger tea or you can add it to a smoothie.
Pregnancy can take a toll on your bones and muscles. It causes fatigue and also wears out the muscles. A cup of ginger tea a day will relieve you from achy bones and muscles, which usually result from back pain, sciatica or sore feet (4).
It is natural for pregnant women to lack the desire for sex. Ginger improves your libido. It warms up the body, and improves the functioning of the circulatory system, particularly towards the genitals.
Consuming fresh ginger in recommended amounts will not cause any problems. However, you may have to take some care:
Ginger is available in the form of candies, ale, capsules and chewable tablets. Keep them handy to face those annoying nausea strikes. If you are using ginger ale, read the ingredients list as some brands do not use ginger in it.
To extend the shelf-life of ginger root, wrap it in a plastic bag and store in a freezer.
Ginger is not likely to result in miscarriage as long as you do not exceed the recommended dosage and take your doctor’s suggestion.
You should not take ginger root capsules without your doctor’s prescription. Your healthcare provider may recommend a 1,000mg ginger capsule to decrease morning sickness (5). You should buy those capsules from a renowned brand.
Yes. Ginger chews are made of real ginger root and contain all of its natural active compounds. They are soft, chewy and can also be used to make instant ginger tea. Eating half a candy can provide instant relief from nausea. Again, you should only buy them with your doctor’s prescription.
If you long to have a cookie from time to time during pregnancy, ginger snaps are a good option. They are low in fat and sugar and offer an abundant dose of vitamins and minerals. They would suit you best in the early months of pregnancy to work against morning sickness.
You can eat ginger in multiple ways. Relish them as chewables or chop them finely and add to your curry or any other dish. They are easy to eat and divine for your body. But do not over-consume them as more ginger does not mean more benefits.
Did you eat ginger during pregnancy? How did you consume the herb and benefit from it? Do share it with us.