Pregnant women have been warned to avoid consuming excess ginger as this could lead to miscarriage.
The warning was given by Mrs Alexis Essien, a pediatric nurse at the Life Line Children Hospital, Lekki, Lagos.
According to her, consuming ginger could lead to heartburn for those living with ulcer condition.
“Ginger has many benefits for pregnant women if consumed in moderation. However, if you consume excess amounts of it during pregnancy, it may lead to miscarriage.
“It is not considered dangerous if what is consumed is less than 1500mg, but a pregnant woman should check with her doctor before consumption. Ginger may affect the blood sugar levels of pregnant women. For those with gestational diabetes, it is best they consult their doctor if they wish to consume ginger during pregnancy,” she advised.
She also urged pregnant women with a history of vaginal bleeding, dizziness. Clotting disorder or past miscarriage to avoid taking the plant.
A report by parenting.firstcry.com, however, revealed consuming root plant moderately could help pregnant women regulate cholesterol level and improve blood supply to the growing foetus.
Consuming ginger helps raise up blood circulation in the body and this will enable the body to absorb nutrients from food consumed.
Punchng.com also reported that Taking root plant before bedtime helps to ease pregnancy-related indigestion, gas and bloating. It also helps to ease muscle pains and aches during pregnancy.
Moderate consumption of ginger during pregnancy improves the supply of iron and Vitamin C in the body and helps in boosting the baby’s immune system.