Can you eat ginger when pregnant

In the next article we will answer the question if you can eat ginger when pregnant. We will also talk about benefits, side effects, and how much you can eat. Continue reading if you want to find more about eating ginger when pregnant and how you can include it in your diet. 

Can you eat ginger when pregnant?

Yes, you can eat ginger when pregnant. Ginger has been found to help ease nausea and vomiting, especially in the first trimester. Ginger is considered a superfood. Some specialists may be a little concerned about side effects as it may raise the risk of miscarriage, especially in high doses, and may also increase vertigo. 

Ginger is very helpful, especially in the first trimester when there is more discomfort. Ginger is a herb that has been used for many centuries as a herbal remedy and as a spice. You can eat ginger when pregnant for beverages, lozenges, or even fresh baked goods. 

What is Ginger?

Ginger is the root of a herbaceous plant that is widely used in many products nowadays, especially in food. The root is the part that can be eaten. Ginger as part of our daily diet has not been found to have any side effects but you should be careful if taken as a supplement. 

What are the benefits of eating ginger when pregnant?

  • Reduce Nausea
  • Lessen swelling
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Prevent blood clotting
  • Help immune system
  • Improves libido
  • Reduce gas and improves digestion

Reduce nausea

Many pregnant women, almost 80%, have morning sickness which is accompanied by vomiting and nausea. There are many chemicals in ginger that have been proved by research to prevent and lower morning sickness. 

Lessen swelling

Ginger helps with inflammation because of its high quantity of antioxidants 

Lower blood sugar 

Almost 2% to 10% of women may have gestational diabetes. Ginger may help to reduce blood sugar but must be accompanied by a low carbohydrate diet. Also, it helps with fatigue and controls exhaustion. 

Lower cholesterol

Ginger has many enzymes that help to reduce cholesterol.

Prevent blood clotting

Ginger contains an acid that helps as a blood thinner and helps to maintain healthy blood circulation. Also, it helps to provide adequate blood supply to your baby. 

Helps immune system

Ginger has been helpful to reduce symptoms of the common cold and it boosts the immune system.

Improves Libido

Ginger has been proven to increase libido, normally while pregnant because of hormonal changes libido may go down. Ginger helps to maintain a healthy blood supply, especially towards the genitals. 

Reduces gas and improves digestion

According to several studies, it has been proved that enzymes in ginger help to dissolve gas and expel it, providing relief for all the discomfort that it causes. 

How much ginger is safe?

You can take as much as 1 gram or 1000 mg of fresh ginger. This refers to 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger. The FDA considers up to 4 grams of ginger safe but you should always check with your doctor. 

What are the side effects of ginger when pregnant?

  • Increase gas
  • Heartburn
  • Upset stomach
  • Mouth irritation
  • Constipation 

Some experts have talked about the risk of eating too much ginger when pregnant but there is not enough evidence that eating ginger when pregnant can cause complications. 

Remember we are talking about eating ginger and not supplements. You should always eat ginger when pregnant in healthy amounts and never should take a supplement without medical recommendations. 

Ginger should not be taken as dried ginger root because it has high concentrations of Shogaol and Gingerol. Which are about three times higher than fresh ginger. 

Ginger interacts with some medications, especially with medication that treats blood pressure and blood clots. 

How can I consume ginger?

You can have a variety of presentations:

Lozenges
Candies
Beverage
Food spice
Fresh root
Prenatal multivitamin with ginger

How nutritious is ginger?

A tablespoon of ginger provides only 4 calories. It doesn’t provide any vitamins or minerals but has plenty of antioxidants. You should be careful in the presentation you take. If you have it in a drink you should check your sugar intake. 

How can I use Ginger in the kitchen?

Infused hot water with fresh ginger or tea
Add ginger to your fresh lemonade
Add to some pasta, fish, or chicken
Bake some cookies or cake with ginger, click here for some recipes

Conclusion

In this brief article we discussed if you can eat ginger when pregnant. We also talked about the benefits of ginger when pregnant, how much you can eat, its effects, and how you can include it in your diet. 

Hope you like it and if you have any doubt please ask me! 

Citation 

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/ginger-uses-and-risks#:~:text=Studies%20found%20that%20taking%20ginger,caused%20by%20vertigo%20as%20well.

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/endocrine_and_metabolic_disorders.html

https://www.momjunction.com/articles/unexpected-benefits-of-eating-ginger-during-pregnancy_0082719/

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