Do you want to know the superpowers of ginger during pregnancy? Well, we are going to discuss it in this article.
Ginger will quickly become the essential plant of your pregnancy to relieve your nausea, heartburn and even promote weight loss after your childbirth. Find out how to profit from its benefits in the coming months.
For 9 months, you are prohibited from accessing the medicine cabinet.
I will prove to you in many articles that stopping the medication (except in cases of severe chronic pathology) for at least the time of your pregnancy is the best thing that can happen to you to preserve your health and that of your baby.
I will also try to show you that nature is full of natural remedies that are just as effective, if not more effective than drugs, and without side effects for you and your baby.
Among these treasures of nature for your pregnancy, I am talking to you today about a formidable weapon: ginger.
It will quickly become:
•In the 1st trimester: your protection against nausea and vomiting;
•In the 2nd trimester: your anti-heartburn remedy;
•Throughout your pregnancy: your best pain relief remedy;
•After giving birth: your favourite fat burner.
Ginger is full of virtues unrecognized by our Western societies (you can create a sensation at dinner parties by saying that no, it’s not just an aphrodisiac!).
However, it has been used for more than 5000 years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to treat many ailments: digestive problems, migraines, arthritis …
And you will see that among its many healing powers, some will really relieve you throughout pregnancy.
In the first trimester:
Ginger to fight nausea and vomiting
Like 80 to 85% of pregnant women, you suffer from nausea and/or vomiting during your 1st trimester of pregnancy.
You may have been prescribed vitamin B6 supplements, which appear to be effective against nausea.
I recommend another option, totally natural, and whose effectiveness and safety was recognized in 1999 by the WHO (World Health Organization): the root of ginger.
An Australian study, published in 2018 in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, conducted on 291 pregnant women under 16 weeks, found that ginger was as effective as vitamin B6 in treating nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
A more recent English study also demonstrated the beneficial effects of ginger: one group of women took a spoonful of ginger syrup and another group a placebo.
After 6 days, a decrease in nausea and vomiting was observed for 67% of the women in the group who had taken ginger, against 20% for the others.
Analyzes showed that these active ingredients were contained in two of its compounds, school and gingerol, which prevent nausea and vomiting and improve intestinal transit.
SOME TIPS FOR GETTING THE BENEFITS OF GINGER SAFELY DURING PREGNANCY.
Dried ginger: do not exceed 1.5 g per day
Fresh ginger: 10 g per day maximum, i.e. a slice of rhizome 6mm in diameter and 7mm thick.
Fresh ginger can be eaten in chewable or suckable slices, powdered (in capsule form) or as an infusion (limit your consumption to 3 cups daily).
Prepare your infusion of pregnancy Ginger:
Boil the equivalent of a cup of spring water and add a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger or cut into very thin slices, preferably organic. Let sit for 10 minutes, filter, then add a tablespoon of honey and a little lemon juice.
You can also opt for a cool drink by adding ginger to a glass of sparkling water.
In the 2nd trimester of pregnancy:
Ginger to eliminate heartburn
Hormonal changes due to pregnancy also slow down digestion. This can cause, especially from the 2nd trimester, fluid reflux from the stomach to the oesophagus, causing heartburn and gastric reflux.
It makes it possible to accelerate digestion, by stimulating the secretion of bile and certain digestive enzymes and protects the gastric mucosa.
It also helps reduce bloating caused by junk food or overeating and helps regulate your appetite.
Throughout pregnancy: ginger as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and antiviral.
Ginger root is composed of essential oil, starch and many vitamins (B1, B2, B3, C) and minerals (manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron) which energize the body and the system immune.
Ginger helps lower fever, fight pain and has recognized antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Consider consuming it if:
•You feel feverish, you have a flu-like condition (but be careful, if the fever persists or increases, do not delay seeing your doctor) ;
•You have a cold or have a sore throat;
•You suffer from muscle or joint pain;
•Against seasonal allergies, it can also be very effective.
You can consume it in the form of an infusion but also in external use, by rubbing yourself with the essential oil or the mother tincture on the part to be treated.
For sore throats, you can gargle with a teaspoon of tincture diluted in lukewarm water.
For joint pain, Chinese medicine recommends applying ginger infusion poultices directly placed on the painful area.
Ginger has no specific contraindication but it is not recommended to take it before an operation because of its anticoagulant properties.
On the other hand, if you are suffering from early contractions, especially in the last trimester of your pregnancy, ask your doctor for advice to continue consuming ginger. Due to its strong natural stimulants, it can strengthen the work of the uterus.
After pregnancy: ginger as a fat burner
You are the proud mother of a beautiful baby. Do you still spend half the day in pyjamas or fleece jogging, but you can’t wait: to regain your figure and your pre-pregnancy wardrobe?
Ginger can help you:
Because it facilitates digestion.
Because it is a natural anti-inflammatory, effective in reducing stomach aches, often disturbed by hormonal changes.
Because it has fat-burning properties: according to numerous studies, ginger root promotes the functioning of the metabolism, in particular by raising the body temperature, which allows burning more fat than that consumed by the body in general.
The Japanese researcher LK Han has thus demonstrated this phenomenon known as “thermogenesis” via a study carried out on rats.
The latter, fed with ginger extracts but benefiting in parallel from a diet rich in fat, have lost weight. This study published in 2008 in the Journal of the Pharmaceutical Company of Japan was confirmed by a similar study conducted by researchers at the University of Kuwait.
If you consume ginger before each of your meals, it will also help you get fuller faster and regulate your appetite.
Before, during and after pregnancy: ginger as an aphrodisiac?
The aphrodisiac virtues of ginger have never been proven and some rather speak of a placebo effect. Its reputation actually comes from several effects it has on our body:
Ginger stimulates blood circulation, especially to the sexual parts, and has a vasodilating action on the organs of the small pelvis in women.
Some studies show that consuming ginger on a daily basis could increase sperm concentration and help with erectile dysfunction. Moreover, in Chinese, “ginger” means “virility”!
Its spicy power can cause a feeling of heat.
Some recipe ideas with ginger
To vary the pleasures and end on a nice note, I share with you a delicious recipe for vitamin juice made from ginger that I really liked to drink during my pregnancies:
Peel half a cucumber and half a pineapple put them in the centrifuge. Add a pinch of ginger or three thin slices of fresh ginger and enjoy!
Pregnancy is nine months of “pure happiness”… if you overcome certain pitfalls! And to avoid them, don’t hesitate to surround yourself with a few allies: ginger is one of them, as you have just seen. But if you follow me regularly, you will see that he is far from the only one …
And you? Did you consume ginger during your pregnancy? To treat which symptoms? Was the treatment effective? Do you have any other natural remedies to recommend? Share your experience with us in the comments below!