Is It Safe To Drink Ginger Ale During Pregnancy?

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The consumption of caffeine-free beverage ginger ale during pregnancy can relieve you of your morning sickness and nausea. In addition, this drink containing ginger may prevent digestive problems commonly experienced by pregnant women.

If you are craving a refreshing drink while pregnant, you can enjoy this in a moderate quantity. The beverage may tingle your taste buds but also provide you with good health benefits.

Scroll through to know about ginger ale, including its benefits for pregnant women and a recipe for an easy homemade ginger ale.

What Is Ginger Ale?

Ginger ale is a popular soft drink that usually contains carbonated water, sugar and ginger flavor. The use of ginger gives a natural flavor and aroma to the drink. Pineapple and honey may also be additional ingredients in ginger ale. It may also contain yeast if it is carbonated through natural fermentation.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Ginger?

Ginger boosts your health in the following ways (1):

  • It helps keep gastrointestinal issues at bay. According to the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ginger is an effective non pharmaceutical remedy for vomiting and nausea (2).
  • It can reduce fever and alleviate muscle or joint pains (3).
Ginger helps reduce joint pains in pregnancy

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  • It helps regulate blood pressure.
  • Ginger contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. It can help reduce symptoms of certain inflammatory conditions.
  • It can help improve digestion and reduce bloating after a meal.
  • Ginger is rich in antioxidants, which may prevent certain cancers (5)
  • It can improve the functioning of the immune system, protecting the body from diseases.

Is It Safe To Drink Ginger Ale During Pregnancy?

Ginger ale is a caffeine-free drink, so it is mostly alright to sip on some while you are pregnant (4). According to the American Family Physician, ginger has some antiemetic effects. These happen at the same level as your central nervous system and gastrointestinal system.

While you are pregnant, you should drink a ginger ale that contains ginger. It should approximately contain 3/4th cup of ginger in a mixture of two quart.

What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Ginger Ale During Pregnancy?

Drinking ginger ale does have certain benefits:

  • It prevents indigestion.
  • Ginger ale also prevents motion sickness.
  • It is a home remedy for sore throats or coughs.
Driking Ginger ale can alleviate sore throat

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  • Chau Che of New York University says that ginger ale is an effective remedy to reduce nausea that is common during pregnancy. According to him, ginger is as effective as vitamin B6.
  • Ginger ale regulates your blood sugar levels. When you are pregnant, you may experience a drop in your sugar levels. Taking small sips of ginger ale can help fight low sugar level-induced morning sickness during your pregnancy.
  • As per the USDA National Nutrient Database, there are traces of iron, calcium, and sodium in ginger ale (5).
  • Ginger ale has anti-inflammatory properties good for the mother and the fetus. These properties may also prevent miscarriage.
The anti-inflammatory properties of the drink are good for the mother and fetus

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Point to consider
A can of ginger ale (335ml approx.) may contain about 35g sugar. This may not be suitable for pregnant women with gestational diabetes (9).

How To Make Ginger Ale At Home?

In case you want to sip on some ginger ale but do not want to have a commercial one, here is how you can make it at home:

You Will Need:

  • A cup of sugar, approximately 225 gm
  • Ginger root in freshly grated form, approximately 30 gm
  • Lime juice or grapefruit juice (if you do not like lemon)
  • Some fresh granular active baker’s yeast, approximately 1.6 gm
  • Some regular cold water

How To:

  • Use a funnel to pour a cup of sugar in a bottle. Leave it aside.
  • Now take 1/4thteaspoon of the fresh granular active baker’s yeast and add it to the bottle through the same funnel. Shake the bottle properly so that the sugar granules and the yeast mix up completely.
  • In a measuring bowl, add the ginger root and the lemon or grapefruit juice. Mix the two and add it to the bottle.
  • Pour a little cold water into the bottle. Close its lid and shake well. It will activate the yeast and kickstart carbonation.
  • As the fizz settles down, open the cap and fill the bottle with cool water till it’s 3/4th Close the lid again and shake well.
  • Place this bottle in a warm place for about 48 hours to help the yeast ferment. After this time, refrigerate it overnight and remember to open the lid slowly when you want to sip.
Quick tip
You may omit the yeast and add club soda to make up to the final volume for a fizzy result. You may add fresh mint leaves or a cinnamon stick for added flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I drink Schweppes ginger ale during pregnancy?

Schweppes ginger ale can be safely consumed in moderation during pregnancy since it is a non-carbonated soda. Further, ginger ale soda may help relieve nausea in pregnancy (4).

2. Does Canada dry ginger ale help nausea?

While ginger can effectively help relieve nausea and vomiting, ginger ale usually contains insignificant amounts of ginger to offer relief. Further, it should not be the preferred remedy for nausea during pregnancy due to its high sugar content (6).

3. How much ginger is safe during pregnancy?

According to several studies, consuming one-gram ginger daily during pregnancy can relieve nausea and vomiting without health risks. However, you should also ensure the ginger is of good quality (7).

4. Does ginger ale help with heartburn during pregnancy?

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve heartburn and digestive issues in pregnancy (8). But, ginger ale generally contains little to no natural ginger and may not show the same effect (6).

5. Does ginger cause miscarriage in early pregnancy?

You can safely consume ginger in small amounts, such as one gram per day during pregnancy. However, consuming ginger in large or concentrated amounts is not advisable (7).

Consuming ginger reduces morning sickness, alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and provides many other health benefits. Therefore, it is safe to drink ginger ale during pregnancy because it is flavorful and prevents indigestion, motion sickness, and nausea. So, if you have always loved drinking ginger ale, there’s no reason to stop it. However, consume it in moderation since it contains carbonated water and sugar. Further, since every pregnant woman may react differently to different types of food, consult your doctor to determine if it is safe for you to consume it.

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