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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

Motherisk receives questions from around the world about morning sickness symptoms, effects, treatments and ways to cope. Those questions and answers are posted here for anyone to read, provided the reader acknowledges and accepts the proviso and disclaimer below.

Ginger for NVP

NVP Counselor
Date: 2003-05-12

Question:
Hi, Looking for information on the safety of ginger and/or peppermint teas to treat morning sickness symptoms in the first trimester. I am about 8 weeks along. Thanks so much!

Answer:
There's not much data on the safety of peppermint tea. As for ginger, although it is used in many cultures to treat the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, no trials have established its safety for use during pregnancy. On the other hand, its efficacy has been documented in two randomized, blinded controlled trials. You can read about this study in the Motherisk Update Sept. 2002

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