Ginger is used in many different cultures as a kitchen spice or also as a medicine. Usually only the tuber is processed, which is called rhizome by experts. Since ginger is healthy, it is offered in the trade as a tuber for further processing, as tea in bags, as a ginger shot or often as a ginger concentrate. But are the special properties of ginger also beneficial during pregnancy?
Ginger helps during pregnancy against various ailments
Because ginger is so healthy, it is a real all-rounder among home remedies. In most cases, it helps quite quickly against nausea, stomach ache, mild headaches or a cold. The versatile tuber is also said to have an anti-inflammatory, expectorant and analgesic effect. Those who take a ginger shot or a tea made from a high-quality ginger concentrate during pregnancy should be a little careful. In the first trimester, i.e. in the first three months of pregnancy, many women struggle with morning sickness. During this period, the special ingredients of ginger can do no harm. The intake is therefore without hesitation.
Taking dietary supplements with ginger may be questionable
Even though ginger is healthy, many experts from conventional medicine advise against taking it in the second and third trimesters. They believe that the intake of ginger promotes blood circulation and can therefore lead to premature labor. Adherents of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) reject this thesis and believe that taking ginger, no matter in what form, is safe for pregnant women. As with all home remedies, the middle ground is probably the best decision. A cup of tea daily from sachets or the fresh tuber, as well as a ginger shot with pure ginger juice and with plenty of fresh vegetables, can usually pose no problem at all in a normal pregnancy. Some caution is advised when dietary supplements are used. In drop or tablet form, these remedies often contain ginger concentrate. Due to the high concentration, these remedies can have the opposite effect.
In the case of a high-risk pregnancy, the gynecologist should decide
From a medical point of view, however, there are points at which pregnant women should completely refrain from consuming ginger. If there is a high-risk pregnancy or the woman is already struggling with bleeding during the first trimester, a lot of ginger tea or a ginger shot should be avoided. Women with a sensitive stomach or with a blood clotting disorder should also avoid ginger root during pregnancy. Even though ginger is healthy, women with these conditions should either consult their gynecologist or ask a midwife for advice before taking it.
Ginger is so healthy that it is also an alternative during the breastfeeding period
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