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10 Ways to Help Relieve Morning Sickness Using Ginger
The constant nausea of morning sickness can be miserable. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can try to help relieve your all-day sickness. Ginger is a very popular remedy for nausea. You can try it in virtually anything that sounds appealing to you. The trick is to make sure it is real ginger. For example, a lot of “ginger” sodas don’t use real ginger, so make sure you’re getting the real thing when purchasing your ginger products.
Some of these ginger products will likely not be found at your regular, large-chain grocery stores. Local health-food stores and co-ops are more likely to carry these types of ginger products.
Following are 7 ways you can try using ginger to help relieve morning sickness. Some are simple and some take a little more effort to make. Try whatever sounds most appealing to you.
1. Crystallized Ginger
Crystallized ginger: These are sweet and great for nibbling. They make a good option for when you’re out and about. If your grocery store doesn't carry it, check your local health food store.
Ginger drops are yummy and help to settle your tummy.
2. Ginger Candies
Sucking on ginger candies may help relieve morning sickness. Be sure to not suck on them with an empty stomach, as that can make your morning sickness worse.
3. Ginger Tea
Yes, you can buy tea bags with different variations of ginger, but you’ll get more of the stomach-soothing effects if you make your tea with fresh ginger root. It’s pretty simple to make your own ginger root tea. Take about a 2-inch piece of ginger root. Peel and thinly slice the ginger. Add the ginger to about 4 cups of boiling water. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea and then sweeten to taste. Honey is a good, healthy sweetener. You can also add lemon, which is not only goes great with ginger, but it also has nausea-relieving qualities.
4. Ginger Gum
Some stores carry ginger gum which is specially made to help reduce nausea. Don’t chew gum on an empty stomach.
5. Ginger Snaps
Carr’s lemon ginger cookies are very yummy and use both lemon and ginger. Any ginger cookies that have real chunks of ginger in them work great.
6. Ginger Muffins
If you can’t find anywhere near you that makes ginger muffins then you can make your own. They’re not too complicated and use basic ingredients. Most ginger muffin recipes call for: flour, salt, baking soda, butter, eggs, milk or buttermilk, lemon zest, sugar and fresh ginger. Most of these ingredients you’ll likely have on hand. There are a lot of great ginger muffin recipes available online.
If you don't like the taste of ginger, you can try supplementing. Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet during pregnancy.
7. Ginger Supplements
If you don’t like the taste of ginger you can try supplementing it. Check your local health-food store for ginger root capsules and ask your doctor about dosages.
8. Ginger Ale
Be careful here, because a lot of the big brands of ginger ale don’t actually use real ginger. Choose ginger sodas that use real ginger or you won’t get any of the anti-nausea benefits that ginger provides. Allrecipes and the Food Network have recipes for homemade ginger ale which is great except that it takes a couple days to develop.
9. Ginger Soup
A lot of grocery stores carry ginger soup in one form or another. A popular combination is ginger carrot soup. There are number of popular ginger carrot soup recipes available online. Garnish with a little sour cream and parsley.
10. Ginger Scones
Ginger is a pretty popular flavor in scones. You can check-in at your local bakery or coffee shop and see if they have some fresh ginger scones. Of course, like everything else, you can make your own scones if you feel up for baking. There are a lot of delicious recipes available online.
Does ginger help relieve your morning sickness?
Clearly, there are a lot of ways that you can add ginger into your diet to help cope with morning sickness. From sweet to savory to tea to supplements, you can choose to eat your ginger in whatever way seems most appealing to you. Remember that morning sickness generally doesn’t last much beyond week 14, so hang in there!