Ginger May Help Reduce Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Although there’s not much scientific evidence for ginger as a remedy for pregnancy woes, most experts say, it is safe to consume when you are pregnant.

Ginger has a long history as a cure for upset stomachs. One of its active compounds, 6-gingerol, is known to help relax gastrointestinal muscles, and research has shown that ginger pills and fresh ginger root can ease seasickness and other forms of queasiness.

A nutritionist, Miss Nike Oshinowo, has advised pregnant women to eat ginger to help reduce ‘morning sickness’.

Oshinowo, who works with the Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

She said:

‘Morning sickness is usually common in early pregnancy.


‘Morning sickness is caused by the hormonal changes that occur in the body during pregnancy.


‘Nausea, vomiting and tiredness are common symptoms.’

According to Oshinowo, eating ginger can help to relieve these symptoms. Ginger is a member of the herb family, and the root of the plant is edible.

‘Ginger is a natural herb commonly used as spice, but it has also been useful in the treatment of stomach upsets and some other health conditions.


‘If you have morning sickness, eating raw ginger; this will help to reduce nausea and vomiting,” she said.

Oshinowo also advised pregnant women to take much rest, drink much water and avoid fatty foods to minimize morning sickness.

Ginger is low in fat and calories and contains small amounts of key nutrients you need during pregnancy.

Ginger can be consumed in its raw form or as tea.

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