Lemon is a citrus fruit belonging to the same family as orange, grape, Tangerine, lime, etc. It is usually green when unripe and turns pale green or yellow when ripe.
Pregnancy is usually associated with diverse symptoms in women. Some of which, serve as source of restlessness and discomfort to these women. These symptoms include nausea and vomiting, weakness, craving for different substances, fatigue, frequent urination and spitting, etc.
In this article, I'll highlight 3 Reasons why pregnant women should consume lemon especially during the 1st trimester (1-12 weeks).
1. Nausea and Vomiting relieve: this symptom is commonly accompanied with pregnancy, and it is a source of discomfort to the woman.
A report in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on "A systematic review of the efficacy of alternative medicine in the treatment of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy" by Fahineh Khorasani et al. in 2019 concluded that lemon helps to relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy especially when it's taken orally.
Another research in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal on the "Effect of lemon inhalation Aromatherapy on nausea and vomiting of pregnancy:A double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial" by Parisa Yavari Kia et.al in 2014 mentioned that the inhalation therapy of lemon administered to pregnant women experiencing mild to moderate nausea and vomiting around 6-16 weeks of pregnancy, helped reduced the symptom.
2. Source of folate: Lemon is a natural source of folate. Acccording to MedicalnewsToday.com, folate is important during pregnancy as it helps in the growth and development of the embryo/foetus in the uterus.
3. Enhance Hydration: enough water is needed during pregnancy. This is because, it forms the amniotic fluid, helps to build new tissues, transports nutrients from mother to foetus via placenta, improves digestion, flushes waste and toxic substances out of the body, etc.
Acccording to Healthline.com, lemon contains about 88-89% water, thus helping to keep the body hydrated and preventing complications during pregnancy caused by dehydration. The taste also help to stimulate thirst, thus increasing water intake.
Lemon can be taken whole with its pulp or the juice extracted and consumed. However, acccording to MedicalNewsToday.com, lemon should be taken moderately by pregnant women in order to enjoy its benefits as excessive consumption can cause damage to the teeth and may increase heart burn.
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