Ginger reduces nausea in early pregnancy

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"Ginger reduces nausea in early pregnancy"

For many women the first trimester is pretty tough with life dominated by nausea and vomiting. Standard pharmacological medications are an option but for those who would prefer a food rather than a “drug” ginger is an option. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a popular nonpharmacological treatment for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy, but consensus of its use is lacking. The meta-analysis referenced below looked at clinical trials using ginger.

Eating about 1 gm of ginger per day for at least 4 days can reduce nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. It does not seem to have any effect on miscarriage rates but there is no long term fetal outcome data on using ginger in pregnancy.

  1. J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Jan-Feb;27(1):115-22.1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24390893

Gems are chosen by the Goodfellow director Dr. Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice.


As published in NZ Doctor 02/03/2015