Lemon water during pregnancy can be quite beneficial to your health and that of your baby if taken moderately. Pregnancy completes you as a female and the joy of bringing a life into this world is simply indescribable. However, like everything else, Pregnancy holds its own set of Pros and Cons.
It is quite normal to have everyone from your maid, to your next-door-neighbour, your mom, and of course your mom-in-law to tip you on (literally) what is the best for the baby right from the diet and foods to eat while pregnant (there are some particular foods that help you) to the exercises you should do.
Taken lemon water during pregnancy or Lemon juice or Lemons to be more precise have a special place in ‘pregnant-hood’. let’s take a look at some of the benefits it offers.
Drinking Lemon Water during Pregnancy:
Pregnant women who want something sour can eat lemons (moderate amounts of this fruit) and drink lemon water (or lemon tea).
To avoid the possibility of consuming harmful bacteria, be sure to buy fresh lemons and wash them first. Then, cut it in half and squeeze the half into a glass by hand or using a citrus juice extractor. Add warm, cold, or hot water.
Drink your lemon water immediately after making it. You can squeeze the other half of the lemon into the same glass for a stronger flavour or store it in the fridge for another drink later.
The juice you get from half a lemon contains roughly eight calories and provides you with 20% of your daily vitamin C needs.
however, you should pay attention to both benefits and the negative impact it can cause.
Benefits of lemon and lemon water during pregnancy
1.Maintain Blood Pressure
The vitamins found in lemons help to strengthen your blood vessels, keeping them flexible and soft. This helps to prevent any internal bleeding and can reduce both your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels.
2. Boost Immunity
Lemons are known for their health benefits as they contain high levels of vitamin C. This helps to improve your immune system, preventing infections like colds and fevers.
3. Heart Burn
Heartburn is one of the common complaints during pregnancy. This is usually accompanied by bloating of the stomach that leads to a ‘congested’ feeling in the heart making breathing tough in some cases.
However, consuming Lemon water after meals is a good idea if you have been suffering from this symptom lately.
4. Relieves Morning Sickness:
During the first trimester if you are suffering from nausea, then lemon can work wonders for you. It checks the excessive flow of bile and also acts as a freshener for the mouth and thus helps in reducing the nauseating feeling in expecting mothers.
However, if you have severe nausea, you must not just rely on lemons, but seek medical advice.
Staying hydrated while pregnant is important to prevent symptoms like nausea, headache, dizziness, cramping, and oedema. Here are the common fruits that help you prevent dehydration during pregnancy.
6. Easy Labor
Labour can be painful and long. Some studies show that consuming Lemon juice from the fifth month till your delivery date helps in easing-out the stressful labours.
Make it a habit to drink fresh Lemon water with honey every day to help you on the day of your delivery.
Other benefits are:
7. Preventing swollen feet problem
8. Some antioxidant effect
9. Preventive measure against constipation
10. Better immune system
Disadvantages of lemon water during pregnancy
- Possible gastrointestinal problems
- Possible harm to female tooth enamel due to citric acid
- Triggering heartburn symptom due to the big amount of citric acid
- Detoxification in case of consuming too many lemons
It is better to ask your doctor before taking lemon water in your regular diet.
Lemons are known for their wide range of nutritional benefits, but remember, it is very important to start with small or moderate amounts of lemon water during pregnancy.
This will help you determine the effects of lemon on your body. All in all, lemon water is a great drink to have during pregnancy which can keep you hydrated while providing you with all the essential nutrients. Just make sure to use fresh lemons and always prepare fresh lemon water before consuming it.
So, my dear pregnant ladies, now that I have listed above some of the best sought-after benefits of Lemons, go ahead squeeze yourself some and get sipping on the delicious natural drink!
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