Tis the season to spice up your life!
Or at least help with that morning sickness with ginger…
Morning sickness – what causes it during pregnancy (especially in the first trimester) and what can we do about it?
The cause of nausea in the morning and in some cases all day long during pregnancy is mainly due to combination of the many physical changes taking place in your body. High levels of hCG and Estrogen hormones as well as stress are believed to be the main reasons for that “hello world I’m pregnant” feeling.
The good news is that not all women get nausea during pregnancy, and they usually pass around week 14.
The bad news is that we can’t do much to prevent them from happening, but we can lessen them and feel a bit better with all the discomfort around.
Ginger is considered an important healing plant for thousands of years, especially in Chinese medicine. The root (who knew ginger has leaves?) is known to neutralize stomach acids and thus reduce occurrences of gas, bloated feeling, stomach cramps and also aids in digestion. It has a sharp, spicy lemony taste, and though it won’t stop morning sickness from happening, it will ease it a bit.
Other benefits of ginger use in pregnancy:
- It stimulates blood circulation and boosts energy level, may even improve your mood.
- Reduces cholesterol level.
- Relives morning sickness and nausea.
- Ginger is effective for treating common colds, minor ailments and persistent coughs.
- It is known to contain about 12 antioxidants that work as a great anti-inflammatory agent and also neutralize the free radicals.
- May relive muscle cramps.
Best ginger drink: mix ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger, ¼ tsp. cinnamon and ½ tsp. honey in a warm cup of hot water. Let it simmer for 3 minutes and drink.
Enjoy the aroma, the taste and as always your amazing body! ♥