We all are well acquaintance with the beneficial power of the lemon. It is enriched with vitamin C which can improve immunity power as well as digestion power. But, how much of it is helpful during pregnancy! We all know that during pregnancy many fruitful fruits, vegetables remain not so fruitful for both mother and baby.
Undoubtedly, the refreshing taste and essence of lemon make one energised. It is known for its soothing potential that is helpful for tummy and relieves morning sickness and nausea, all of which are beneficial during pregnancy. Excess anything is bad for health whether it is fruits or meal. What we should take in this time is moderate food. According to the book Lemon Health Benefits by Chris Shaw, one raw lemon without its peel contains nearly 17 calories and is high in vitamins and minerals like niacin, calcium, magnesium, folate, vitamin C, B 6, and riboflavin. With its amazing nutritional benefits and its ability to ease morning sickness, you can include it in your diet when pregnant. However, pregnancy is a time when you have to maintain caution.
The intake needs to be at moderate levels, which is safe for the mother as well as the unborn child. Consumption of high quantities of lemon water will lead to rapid detoxification. It is not safe when you are pregnant. Consult your gynaecologist before deciding to include this in your daily diet. It is advised to avoid canned or packaged lemon juice and instead, drink freshly squeezed juice.
During pregnancy some requirements of lemon water have been discussed below:
Treating morning sickness
According to the American Pregnancy Association, lemons can subside the nauseous sensations experienced by pregnant women that accompany morning sickness, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. Lemon can check the excess flow of bile and also rids of the accumulated phlegm present in the digestive tract. This prevents obstructions in the digestive tract. Lemon is also a mouth freshener.
It is not uncommon to experience indigestion during pregnancy. A useful remedy to soothe the stomach is the intake of lemon water which aids in proper digestion and easing any discomforts experienced in the tummy.
Another symptom experienced by many pregnant women is constipation. Based on many opinions, it is said that constipation during pregnancy can be prevented by consuming a glass of lemon water on a daily basis. The liver is stimulated by the lemon, thereby improving peristalsis, helping in the elimination of waste by stimulating the bowels.
Check on blood pressure
Lemon has a high level of vitamins which help in strengthening the blood vessels. The pliability and softness of the blood vessels are maintained. This also helps in preventing internal haemorrhage, thereby reducing high blood pressure. Lemon is also known for its capabilities of reducing cholesterol levels.
Common infections like flu, common cold, and certain types of fever are said to be prevented by intake of lemon water. Rich in Vitamin C, lemons help in improving the natural defence system of the body and combats virus as well as bacteria.
Improves and maintains the bone strength
Calcium and magnesium improve bone health and aids in the development of the baby. Lemons are a rich source of these minerals. It also helps in the process of bone development in the child. Apart from this, lemon water also supplies minerals to your unborn child. The potassium in the lemons aid in nourishing the brain and nerve cells.
Urogenital infections are prevented
Lemons are said to possess diuretic property which is beneficial in maintaining the health of kidneys and their functions. This helps prevent infections in the urinary and genital areas.
Aids in oxygenating cells
Lemon water which aids in preserving the body’s alkaline levels and making it readily available during the developmental process of the foetus. The blood pH levels also indicate the availability of oxygen to the cells. It is essential to have properly oxygenated cells for the development of the foetus.
Provides relief to swollen feet
Oedema or swollen feet is a common occurrence during pregnancy. It is a very uncomfortable, painful and unhealthy condition. It can be treated by consuming one spoon of lemon juice along with lukewarm water. It helps in easing the pain and reduces the swelling of the feet.
So, it is safe to include lemon juice in moderation in your diet. But, over-consumption of lemon can lead to fast detoxification, which is unsafe during pregnancy. Moderation is always the key but is it important to check with your gynaecologist before you decide to include it in your diet.