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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.

Gravol Ginger

NVP Counselor
Date: 2006-02-22

Question:
Gravol Ginger uses ginger root (500mg extract 1:25) but I read that ginger root should be taken in moderation. The package cautions pregnant and breastfeeding women using this product, but there is no natural gravol or otherwise listed in the ingredients in this product - only ginger - so is it safe for my baby? Thanks for your help.

Answer:
You are correct, there is no gravol in this product, just ginger in extract form. There are 2 studies on the use of ginger by pregnant women that did not find any adverse effects on the baby. However, the capsules in these studies contained ginger powder not extract, so accordingly, we advise women to use the pills that contain ginger in powder form.

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