Morning sickness can be brutal on mamas. Many women are afraid to try treatments that could harm their baby, but...
mint_and_ginger_tea_1.jpgMorning sickness can be brutal on mamas. Many women are afraid to try treatments that could harm their baby, but there is one option that is generally agreed to be safe in moderation: ginger. Ginger has been proven safe time and time again in medical research, although some professionals recommend that pregnant women use less than 2 grams of ginger per day. Many clinical trials have been done, and at least one study has shown that women taking ginger have a 53% reduced amount of nausea, vomiting and other symptoms of morning sickness. (See more on that research here, and check out an overview of ginger's use in complementary medicine here.) In addition to store-bought gingersnaps and ginger ale, there are products like candied ginger, ginger Altoidsginger lollipops and ginger spreads. And of course, many supplements and other remedies to help deal with morning sickness are made with ginger too -- just check the labels. If, however, you've tried ginger and it just doesn't seem to help you, skip the ginger ale and gingersnaps and go for the "real stuff" instead. There is some research to show that it is the properties found in natural, fresh ginger that makes this a truly effective treatment for morning sickness -- so when possible, buy some fresh ginger root to use. You can try nibbling on slivers of ginger, add grated ginger to foods (it's great in stir-frys and on fruit) and making ginger tea. (To make your own ginger tea, peel about a walnut-sized chunk of fresh ginger, slice the ginger, then steep it in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain then pour.) See more ways to deal with morning sickness here.

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