I confess, morning sickness was not one of my pregnancy challenges. But, I have watched as dear friends and family have suffered from persistant nausea or “all-day sickness” due to pregnancy. If this happens to you, you’ll want to try everything to relieve it. Be sure to try ginger first!
Ginger has been used for centuries to aid digestion and relieve nausea. According to Karin Parramore, a Certified Herbalist who informs the work of Earth Mama Angel Baby products, ginger is excellent at combating nausea of all types. Her article states: “In a study that measured it effectiveness as an anti-emetic (to stop vomiting) Ginger was put up against Dramamine, the most commonly used over the counter medication for motion-induced nausea. Ginger came out the obvious winner, proving to be more effective than the drug at allaying nausea with none of the drowsiness typically seen with Dramamine. Ginger has also shown to be very effective at reducing nausea following surgery.”
And here’s the really good part – ginger has been shown to work for morning sickness too. “In 2001 the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Chiang Mai University performed a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial (the benchmark type of study for the scientific community) on Ginger for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. The study concluded that nausea was significantly decreased in the group taking Ginger. Even more significantly, no adverse effects of Ginger on pregnancy were detected. Unlike many prescription drugs, which may have devastating effects on the developing fetus, Ginger proved to be both effective and safe. Another study conducted in 2002 found Ginger syrup to be an effective, safe treatment for nausea in early pregnancy.”
Ginger has a solid reputation for being safe for pregnancy, both in the US and abroad. Try it painlessly in Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Morning Wellness Tea (the first ingredient is organic ginger) or find a supplement at your health food store. You can even take ginger in candy form, but I’m betting the tea is your healthiest bet :).