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Is It Safe To Drink Ginger Tea During Pregnancy?

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Morning sickness is a common symptom during the first trimester of pregnancy. Studies suggest that most women who experience it prefer herbal teas including ginger as a relief from nausea (1). But how safe is ginger tea during pregnancy? If safe, what are its benefits and risks? In this post, MomJunction answers all of these questions and more to clear your doubts.

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).

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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).

[Read: Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy]

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.

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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).

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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.

 Read: Iced Tea During Pregnancy]

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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.

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On a final note, ginger tea is perfectly okay to take during pregnancy. It is a blessing to your pregnancy health. You should consider having it in small amounts, and consult your doctor if you feel sick or uneasy after its consumption.

[Read: Herbal Tea During Pregnancy]

Did you try any other variations of ginger tea? How did you feel? Let us know in the comment section below.

References:

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. Oriental Medicine & Prevention: Avoid Winter Sore Throats The Chinese Way; Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
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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