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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 when other stomach problems are involved

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-07-27

Question:
I am 13 weeks pregnant and is experiencing nausea with/without vomitting all day long. I feel so terrible. I've been reading your responses to questions and I realize that Ginger can be of some help. But what if you are experiencing heartburn and you also have an ulcerated stomache. Is it safe to use ginger?

Answer:
Ginger, as a natural product has not been studied a lot. Our Motherisk study of 145 women who reported ginger use did not show an increase in birth defects over the 1 percent to 3 percent baseline risk that is present in any pregnancy. Two other studies with 1000 mg daily of ginger pills (powder pills - not extract) also revealed no increased risk of birth defects over the 1 percent to 3 percent.

However, in your case, since you have stomach issues you should consult your doctor about treatment options.

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