According to the Mayo Clinic, more than 70 percent of all expectant mothers experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of their pregnancies. That's the bad news; the good news is that there are some foods that have been proven to have a soothing effect on nausea, making those early days of pregnancy more tolerable.
A recent report in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has confirmed that ginger can help manage morning sickness in the first four months of pregnancy. This is something Dr. Susan Lanni has known all along. Dr. Lanni, an assistant professor of maternal fetal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center recommends a variety of non-pharmaceutical solutions for her obstetrical clients, and ginger is among them.
"Ginger is absorbed into the GI tract, and it works quite well on low-grade nausea," says Lanni. "You can get ginger in a million different forms. Women can put a slice of fresh ginger between their cheek and gum and chew on it throughout the day or they can nibble on small pieces of crystallized ginger. They can also go to a Chinese food store and get a container of pickled ginger, which is moist and has a very stomach soothing effect."