Morning sickness during pregnancy is common. Many pregnant women experience mild morning sickness, but extreme nausea and vomiting can lead to dehydration as well as weight loss. Ginger ale, which can be effective for calming the gastrointestinal tract, is a popular home remedy for morning sickness. Some ginger ales contain real ginger, but many consist mainly of artificial flavors.
Morning sickness often occurs during the early months of pregnancy as a result of increased hormones in the body. It usually disappears by the 14th week of pregnancy. Some women experience longer bouts of morning sickness, while others don't experience it at all. Despite the name, the nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day. Certain strong odors from foods can increase your desire to vomit. Some foods are related to increased nausea; fried or spicy foods as well as caffeine drinks often make nausea worse. If your nausea and vomiting become severe, you might need medical attention.
Ginger and Nausea
Ginger is an herb that may be effective in treating morning sickness in pregnancy, although there has not been enough study to say conclusively. Gingerols found in ginger reduce gastric contractions and help with nausea. Some studies have shown that ginger prevented morning sickness more than taking nothing during pregnancy. However, there is no clear proof about whether ginger use during pregnancy can lead to other pregnancy complications. Talk with your doctor before starting any new herb such as ginger.
Ginger Ale for Morning Sickness
Some women report that ginger ale relieves morning sickness but, since most ginger ale has artificial flavoring rather than real ginger, the relief may be psychological or due to the carbonation in the drink. Ginger ale probably is safe during pregnancy, but talk with your doctor before consuming large amounts.
Other Suggestions for Morning Sickness
To reduce nausea in the morning, keep crackers or toast next to your bed, and try to eat some of the dry bread before you get out of bed. Get up slowly, even taking several minutes. Eat small, frequent meals every day; an empty stomach might make the nausea worse. Drinking ginger ale between meals might help you feel better. In general, if you enjoy a certain food and it does not make you nauseous, you should eat it. It is important to get some healthy calories during this early part of pregnancy, you can become stricter in your diet later, when the nausea subsides. Try to find a few healthy foods that your body is able to handle.
- Clinical Correlations; NYU Medical Center, Myths and Realities: Ginger Ale in Treating Nausea and Vomiting, Chau Che, September 3, 2009
- MayoClinic: Working During Pregnancy Do's and Don'ts
- American Pregnancy Association: Surviving Morning Sickness: Eating with Morning Sickness
- What To Expect: Nausea During Pregnancy