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.

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8 Responses to Lemon and maintaining early stage of pregnancy

  1. Esther 13 March, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    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.

    • Ping Ming Health 17 April, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

      Dear Esther, yes it is okay as long as you enjoy it and don’t have any stomach upset symptoms. We might suggest drinking lemon water every second day if your general health is good (Chinese medicine considers too much of any one thing could have side effects in the long term). We wish you all the best with your pregnancy.

  2. Melissa Goh 3 May, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    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.

    • Ping Ming Health 30 June, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Dear Melissa, thanks for sharing your concern. In our experience, it is not uncommon for women to experience poor appetite and nausea in the first trimester. They may also feel more tired than normal. We usually assist such cases with acupuncture. In the first 12 weeks, your baby is still small and you shouldn’t worry too much about not eating a large quantity of food (provided you are generally healthy and don’t have any pre-existing nutrient deficiencies or health conditions). However, we would expect your appetite to improve by the start of the 2nd trimester. If your appetite doesn’t return by week 12 at the latest, then we highly suggest you seek some professional help or visit an experienced Chinese medicine practitioner for pregnancy support acupuncture.

  3. Ethel 13 July, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

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

    • Ping Ming Health 12 December, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

      Dear Ethel, lemon water is one of the things that can be beneficial for diabetes and pregnancy. Please ensure you also monitor your blood sugar carefully.

  4. Nereah 2 November, 2016 at 6:40 pm #

    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.

    • Ping Ming Health 12 December, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

      Dear Nereah, it is not uncommon at this stage of your pregnancy to be very hungry due to certain hormones. Acupuncture can be very beneficial to help balance hormones during pregnancy. We suggest eating more frequent, smaller meals and make sure you are eating healthy foods. You could also drink more fluids in between your meals. If you also experience more frequent urination and thirst symptoms, then we would suggest a check up with your doctor.

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