Many women get told to use ginger during pregnancy to help alleviate nausea associated with morning sickness. This article will help to explain why.
Pregnancy should be one of the most wonderful times in your life. You’re radiant, glowing, and extremely excited by the thought of a new life growing inside you. Everything is good – that is until one day, you wake up feeling nauseous and queasy. Suddenly the world doesn’t have that rosy glow any more. Morning sickness is one of the most common and unwelcome side effects of pregnancy, but what can you do to combat it? Obviously, you don’t want to take endless loads of medication, you’ve got to think about the baby. No, the best option must be to investigate natural means. So what could be more natural than a bit of ginger?
The Medicinal Properties of Ginger
For centuries, ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been known to possess great healing properties. It is famous for enhancing health and feelings of well-being and as such has been prized by Indian, Arabian and Asian traditions for hundreds of years. It is considered to have “hot” or “warming” attributes and in the Asian medicine tradition is known to alleviate nausea, queasiness and a general upset stomach. It is also believed to help the heart, menstrual problems and sore throats.
Modern medicine is starting to recognize these healing properties and studies have shown that ginger can be most beneficial in helping reduce pregnancy sickness. Many trials questioning the palliative nature of ginger have all concluded that well over half of pregnant women who tried ginger felt better once they started using it.
Using Ginger To Relieve Morning Sickness
Nowadays, ginger comes in many forms, from capsules and tablets to powders and tinctures (an alcohol-based derivative of a plant e.g. ginger) and then there is always the biscuits, cakes and candy that have ginger in them.
Many women find that they feel queasy as soon as they wake up in the mornings. You can try to reduce this nausea by putting a few ginger biscuits on the bedside table each night so next morning they’re already there if you need to nibble on one.
During the day when you’re at work or traveling somewhere, you can easily start to feel the pangs of pregnancy sickness and ginger can help here as well. Pop a few ginger lollipops or candies (which are available in health stores or on the web) into your bag and you’ll find the reduction in sickness heaven sent.
It can also be found as a herbal tea so at the end of a hectic day, you should put your feet up with a cup of ginger tea (preferably made by someone else…) and just relax.
Ginger really is a natural wonder and is known to help over 50% of women suffering from pregnancy nausea but as a note of caution, although small amounts of fresh ginger is safe to use, remember, the powdered extract is somewhat stronger and should not be used so freely . This brings to mind an old adage my mother always used to tell me, “Moderation in everything” and, as usual, it looks as though she was right.