Lemon and maintaining early stage of pregnancy

Lemon and maintaining early stage of pregnancy

When you walk along the Perth streets, you can often see trees full of lemons with branches leaning over fences; some of the lemons you can reach. Lemon trees are one of the most popular trees in Perth. In perth, lemon trees are easily grown, therefore many people grow lemon trees in their front and backyards. Throughout most of the year you can see the lemons ripening from green to golden yellow, everywhere in Perth lemons are grown which makes the city beautiful.

Perth residents know how to use lemons, from using them in cooking such as fish, in salads, in soft drinks to even using them in cleaning the house and kitchen stove – to remove the oils and make the kitchen shine. Lemons not only have a large amount of benefits for general living but also has great effects for heath.

1. Health effects of lemons

i) Maintaining early stage pregnancy and reducing morning sickness

Many pregnant women suffer from discomfort during the early stage of the pregnancy (especially, first couple of months). The common symptoms are; lack of energy, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and poor appetite. Chinese medicine considers that during the early stage of pregnancy, the body’s yin and yang, stomach Qi and blood have changed, which is hard for the body to adapt to. If the symptoms are mild usually the body is able to cope with it, however if they are too severe or long lasting the mothers health and infants growth may be affected.

I suggest that during this time and while you are undergoing medical support you can eat a certain foods which can help. Lemons are one of these foods. Please see our recipe of lemon and ginger.

In an Ancient traditional diet therapy book called <Shi wu kao>, it mentions that lemon is suitable for pregnant women to help maintain the early stage pregnancy. Another traditional diet therapy text book records “ lemons are sour in taste and has neutral characteristics (neither hot nor cold), acting primarily on the stomach channel. A famous ancient herbal book called <Ben cao gang mu shi yi>, states that eating lemons if you are nauseous can help to balance and calm the stomach. In Chinese, lemon has a saying “benefit for pregnant women and foetus”.

ii) Help clear body heat and prevent heat stroke

Lemon has a wonderful flavour for summer. Even in the market there are lots of lemon flavoured drinks. I suggest that for clearing the body heat and preventing heat stroke, you should make your own fresh lemon drinks such as lemon green tea. Please see the recipe below.

iii) Helping to reduce cholesterol

Lemons help in the reduction of cholesterol, this effect is very important. As lemons can help digestion, it can help reduce food stagnation, which is part of the cause as toxins build up cholesterol increases. I suggest you drink a certain amount of lemon pu er tea. Please see the recipe below.

2. Recipe

i) Lemon and ginger tea
1 Slice of ginger – chopped into small peices
2 Slices of fresh lemon
1 Glass of boiling water

Add ginger to the boiling water for 10 minutes. Add lemon for 2 minutes. Now you can drink the tea.

Effects: Calms the stomach; Reduce the symptoms of early stage pregnancy.

ii) Lemon green tea
1 Tsp of green tea leaves
2 Slices of lemon
1 Glass of 80 degree water

Add the tea leaves to the water and let sit for 5 minutes. Add lemon for 5 minutes. It is now ready to drink

Effects: Clears body heat; Increases energy; Clears the mind.

iii) Lemon pu er tea
2 Slices of lemon
1/2 Tsp of pu er tea leaves ( In Chinese tea culture, pu er tea is very good for digestion to help clear fat from foods and is good to help reduce and prevent cholesterol problems)
1 Glass of boiling water

Add tea leaves into boiling water for 3 minutes. Add lemon for 2 minutes. It is now ready to drink.

Effects: Helps digestion; clears fat from food; improves cholesterol.

Lemon should not be added straight away to the boiling water as the effects will not be as great. Wait until the water is warm and the lemon will be most beneficial.

3. Precautions

i) Lemon should not be eaten in large amounts at once as it tastes very sour and may damage your teeth or give you discomfort.

ii) If you are unsure of your constitution or your condition, and whether you should eat lemon or not, please visit an experience TCM practitioner.


Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.

  • Esther

    Hi, i am 16 weeks preganant and it is OK to have lemon water daily? what i do is squeece out one lemon in a 2 Lit jars of water for my daily water consumption.

    13 March, 2014
  • Melissa Goh

    Hi, I am currently 9 weeks pregnant. I have no appetite to eat anything except sweet food and fruits. I have not been eating well since week 7 onwards. I am afraid of not meeting the nutritional needs for my baby.

    3 May, 2015
  • Ethel

    I like reading your post as often as I can. Please, can lemon water be used to control diabetes particularly in pregnancy.

    13 July, 2016
  • Nereah

    Hi, am still in in my first trimester but i do eat excessively like i have never done before; hunger pangs keeps biting after every thirty minutes….. is this normal i didn’t experience this situation even in my first pregnancy am so worried because i eat a lot and feel very very hungry after 30 minutes. any solution to this problem am scared of this.

    2 November, 2016