Can pregnant eat ginger? What are the risks and benefits?

Pregnancy is a phase that brings many doubts about what can and cannot. Among them is the controversial ginger . After all, can this root be consumed by the pregnant woman?

And the answer is… yes, as long as it is in moderation . The ideal is always to talk to obstetricians before making use of this delicacy.

But, in general, ginger is released for pregnant women as it does not harm the mother or the baby.

What is ginger and what is it for?

Ginger is an edible root that can be put in juices, teas, shakes, drinks, mulled wine and other drinks.

It can still be used in many sweet and savory dishes like sauces, spices, sauté, pies and cakes.

Its scientific name is Zingiber officinalis and is believed to originate in India and southern China.

During pregnancy, the ideal is that the consumption is 1g of ginger for each kilogram of body of the pregnant woman. That is, if the woman weighs 60kg, the correct thing is to consume up to 60g of this ingredient per day.

This root should not be consumed by anyone who is allergic or taking anticoagulant drugs, as it can cut the effect of the drug.

Excessive consumption can result in heartburn , excessive gas and irritation on the palate.

Can pregnant woman eat ginger for seasickness?

Yes. Ginger is one of the allies in the fight against nausea and can be eaten by pregnant women, as long as in moderation (about 1 or 2 thin slices).

In fact, this root is very functional and recommended to combat nausea and vomiting. That’s because it acts on the central nervous system by controlling serotonin receptors (which prevent nausea).

In general, ginger has no negative effects on pregnancy, if consumed correctly and by healthy pregnant women.

It is clear that in addition to consuming ginger, it is important to avoid foods that are difficult to digest (fatty or with a lot of sugar) and that proper habits are maintained.

Is ginger tea good for seasickness?

Yes, as long as you don’t drink tea every day. To make this drink, just put the ginger cut into small pieces or chips and let it boil for 5 minutes together with water. If you wish, you can sweeten it with honey. The ideal is to prepare tea and drink it throughout the day, with small sips.

To combat nausea it is also possible to eat a small piece of the root or else use the ginger to make juices or flavored water.

However, pregnant women (and others) who have problems with intestinal ulcers or hypertension should avoid drinking this tea as it can worsen the condition.

Pregnant women who are in the late stages of pregnancy are also not recommended to drink ginger tea . This is because it can cause premature uterine contractions, causing discomfort and accelerating the delivery process.

Can pregnant woman take ginger tea for flu?

One of the benefits of ginger is its action against colds and flu. It tends to help combat symptoms such as coughing , sore throat , loss of voice and headaches and muscle aches.

That’s because this root is rich in vitamins (like B6 and C) that help the immune system to create antibodies.

Read more: Ginger tea: what it is for, benefits and how to make it

Is ginger with cinnamon in pregnancy safe?

Generally, ginger and cinnamon, when combined, are used to lose weight and burn fat.

In pregnancy, the problem with this combination is cinnamon. This delicacy tends to cause contractions in the uterus that can lead to bleeding, spontaneous abortions or inducing early childbirth.

Therefore, the ideal is to pass away from the shin during pregnancy.

As a substitute for it, you can put lemon, honey, melon or other ingredients in tea or in the cake dough, for example.

What are the benefits of ginger in pregnancy?

Ginger, when consumed correctly during pregnancy, has some benefits for the health and well-being of the pregnant woman and the baby. Find out what they are:

For a pregnant woman

The main feats of this ingredient for pregnant women are:

  • Relieves nausea;
  • It eases pains (head, stomach or muscle);
  • Combats the increase of bad cholesterol (LDL);
  • Controls blood glucose;
  • Decreases swelling;
  • Fight constipation.

For baby

Mothers are the most benefited by the consumption of ginger during pregnancy. But, the baby may also have some advantages such as strengthening the immune system.


Ginger is a delicacy that can bring benefits during pregnancy, provided it is consumed in moderation. If in doubt, look for the obstetrician who accompanies the pregnancy.

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