Ginger Tea During Pregnancy: Benefits, Safety Concerns & Risks

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Moderate amounts of ginger tea during pregnancy are considered safe for consumption. Most pregnant women experience nausea during the first trimester. Research suggests that consuming herbal teas such as ginger tea help to reduce nausea in many expecting mothers (1). However, there is no standardized dose recommended for achieving these benefits. Higher amounts may result in heartburn or stomach ache in some pregnant women. You may try various ginger tea recipes for relief from nausea. Read on to know the benefits, safety, risks, and recommended servings of ginger tea in pregnancy.

Is It Safe To Drink Ginger Tea During Pregnancy?

Ginger tea is safe to consume in moderate amounts. It has a nice aroma, taste, and could be helpful in managing nausea and vomiting, especially in your first trimester (2). However, it is good to limit the daily consumption to one gram of ginger (3).

What Are The Possible Benefits Of Ginger Tea During Pregnancy?

Following are the many benefits ginger tea offers for pregnant women.

1. Morning sickness

Ginger is known to ease and control this problem. Consuming the tea first thing after waking up and before bedtime might help control morning sickness (4).

2. Digestion

Consuming a glass of ginger tea may stimulate the functions of the digestive tract (5).

3. Immunity

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger may help combat diseases and prevent infections (6).

4. Soothes throat

The soothing nature of ginger tea provides quick relief to a sore throat, cough and flu symptoms (7).

5. Blood sugar levels

Ginger tea helps in insulin build-up and could be helpful in maintaining glucose levels in the body (8).

6. Muscle fatigue

Ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties and aids in pregnancy-related pains and decreases inflammation (9).

7. Nutrient absorption

Ginger stimulates your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

How Much Ginger Tea Can You Consume When Pregnant?

You may take about two cups of ginger tea a day. Use up to one gram of ginger root and divide into two to three servings (10).

Ginger Tea Recipes You May Try

Here are a few interesting ginger tea recipes with tasty variations for you to try.

  1. Lemon ginger tea: Add a teaspoon of grated ginger to brewing black tea. Turn off the flame and squeeze half a lemon juice in it. Add a dash of honey and a few mint leaves to the brew. Drink hot.
  1. Ginger green tea: Add one teaspoon of grated ginger to boiling water. Take the ginger-infused water into a cup and dip a bag of green tea. Leave for three minutes and add a dash of honey before sipping.
  1. Ginger clove tea: Boil water, and add one teaspoon of grated ginger and three cloves to it. Add some tea dust, and boil for a couple of minutes. You can take with honey.
  1. Chamomile ginger tea: Bring water to boil, and add a teaspoon of grated ginger. Strain the concoction, add honey and dip one tea bag of chamomile.

While ginger tea is good, too much of it can be bad.

Are There Any Side Effects Of Ginger Tea?

Ginger tea, when taken in recommended amounts, is safe. Too much of it can cause some harmful effects as follows.

  • Excessive consumption of ginger tea could lead to cardiac effects and heartburn (4).
  • Impacts blood clotting ability when taken with blood-thinning medicines (11). It also interacts with anesthesia. So avoid taking the tea before surgeries (12).
  • Ginger possesses muscle relaxant properties, and it also increases the risk of bleeding if taken with blood thinners (13) (14).

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does ginger tea induce labor?

There is no evidence to show that ginger tea is helpful in inducing labor. Taking excess of it is known to cause diarrhea.

2. Is lemon and ginger tea safe in pregnancy?

Yes, lemon and ginger tea is safe either in combination or as separate teas in moderate amounts. These teas are known for relieving nausea and morning sickness in the early months of pregnancy.

Consuming ginger tea during pregnancy may help relieve constipation, boost immunity, and aid in proper digestion. To enjoy the benefits of this condiment, consume ginger tea in moderate amounts. An excess intake of ginger tea may cause heartburn and increase the risk of bleeding due to its blood-thinning properties. You may always discuss if you can consume ginger with your doctor. In general, one gram of ginger per day is considered safe. If you are unsure how to include this condiment in your diet, we are sure that the recipes mentioned above would be helpful.

References:

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1. E. Ernst; Herbal medicinal products during pregnancy: are they safe; British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2003)
2. Iñaki Lete & José Allué; The Effectiveness of Ginger in the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Chemotherapy; Integr Med Insights (2016)
3. Ginger – “Mother Nature’s 7-Up and Crackers!; University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Department Of Family Medicine
4. Ginger; Herbal Safety; The University Of Texas At El Paso (2018)
5. Ann M. Bode & Zigang Dong; Chapter 7 The Amazing and Mighty Ginger; Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition (2011)
6. Nafiseh Shokri Mashhadi et al.; Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health and Physical Activity: Review of Current Evidence; Int J Prev Med (2013)
7. Iñaki Lete and José Allué; The Effectiveness of Ginger in the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Chemotherapy; Integr Med Insights; NCBI (2016)
8. T Alasadi; Ginger and diabetics; Wasist University (2017)
9. Ginger; URMC
10. Antenatal Care Module: 12. Minor Disorders of Pregnancy; The Open University (2018)
11. Ginger; The Ohio State University.
12. Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa & Aparajita Panda; Alternative medicine and anesthesia: Implications and considerations in daily practice; Ayu (2012)
13. P S Upadhyay, B M Singh, M Kumar, HD Khanna; Effect of Ayurveda interventions in bronchial asthma and cerebral palsy; Page 52
14. Osteoarthritis; Penn State Hershey (2016)
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