Lemon Water, First Trimester Tonic

Typically, in the first trimester, many women, including myself, have reached for ginger ale to calm a queasy stomach.

But even if the ginger ale is organic, it still has a ton of sugar in it. And we all know, sugar is the devil.

One day, I had a very strong craving for lemonade. It was too late to run out somewhere and get it, and I happened to have one fresh lemon on hand at the house. So I figured, what the hey, I will make myself some lazy homemade lemonade and see if it does the trick.

And sure it enough, it totally hit the spot and it made me feel better. Really feel better, not the momentary “better” that sugar makes you feel, and then you feel 10 times worse a few minutes later. I have continued my lemon water tonic since then and it still amazes me. It immediately settles my stomach and makes me feel better.

And I feel great knowing that I am not putting any sugar into my body and growing baby. I love that I am getting vitamins, nutrients and minerals (lemons are high in potassium, citric acid, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium) in the form whole foods.

Here are some other benefits of Lemon Water:

-It is a very mild detox. It helps any bacteria or toxins that build up, get flushed out of your system, by stimulating your liver to just plain work better.

-It aids in digestion, helping to move things along. And if you are pregnant, you know that getting a little help to move things along is very needed! It also helps with heartburn, which thank God, I have not had to experience yet (maybe it’s the lemon water!), but when I was pregnant with my daughter, I had it so bad, I had a bottle of Tums glued to my hands at all times!

-All that calcium and magnesium you are getting goes to your baby and will help them build strong bones.

-It lowers blood pressure.

-It tastes good!

Be sure to take a swig of regular water after you drink your glass of lemon water, the acidity can hurt your teeth’s enamel. Did you drink lemon water while pregnant? What benefits did you see?

And remember morning sickness can be a sign of nutrient deficiency, especially magnesium and can be a sign your liver is sluggish, so taking extra supplements will help too.


Did you drink lemon water while pregnant? What benefits did you see?

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  • The Annessa Family
    January 12, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    I wonder what else lemon water could be good for?


  • SophieJP
    January 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Have you ever tried boiling ginger and lemon slices in water, then using the water in tea? I do that when I have an upset stomach. I get the herbal lemon tea and if I want it sweetened I put some honey in it. It tastes good and helps me feel better.

  • Stephanie
    January 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    @Brooke…I am not sure, but even if you are not pregnant, it is a good mild detox and great way to get nutrients.
    @SophieJP…I have not tried that. I have tried ginger tea and like that, so I bet the ginger and the lemons together would be awesome, thanks for the idea!

  • Elizabeth Hill
    January 20, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    With all three of my pregnancy, the only thing that got me through with my nausea was Lemon Heads. Of course I now have some cavities to show for it.

    • Stephanie
      January 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      Oh no! There is a really good book out there that talks about healing your cavities with good nutrition instead of getting them filled. I can’t think of the title right now, but if you googled it, I bet it would come right up.

  • Monica
    January 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Oh, I’m so glad I found your website! I had terrible morning sickness with each of my 6 children, and blessedly had a friend who was a nutrititionist who had written a book on morning sickness (managing morning sickness, by Marilyn Shannon). She was such a great help to me. I never tried the lemon water but salt was a big help (I also have low blood pressure) so I would, believe it or not, have a salt shaker by my bed and would lick salt out of the palm of my hand in the morning. I think that’s why they recommend saltines, but the carbs were too much for me. Anything high carb was sure to tip me over the edge (bananas, potatoes, etc.) I found some supplements that are supposed to help prevent caveties too that I’m trying but I’m so bad about taking them daily.

  • Aubri
    December 27, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Is there a way to get this article still? 🙂

    • Stephanie
      December 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Just listed it. 🙂

  • Jenn
    December 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    The link doesn’t seem to be working… Do you by chance have the lemon water posted elsewhere? Thanks! 🙂

    • Stephanie
      December 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      I just posted the full article so you can see!

      • nicole
        May 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        this is my fourth pregnancy and have had pretty uncomfortable nausea in the past….this time around the nausea is much less and i am drinking plenty of lemon water. I also have been drinking a small amount of coconut kefir when i first wake up. It has billions of probiotics. I really feel like both of these are making the big difference in my energy level and lack of nausea…

        • Stephanie
          May 10, 2013 at 2:16 AM

          Awesome,so happy for you!

  • Meghan
    June 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    How do you make it? I don’t see the recipe.

    • Stephanie
      June 19, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      It’s just water and lemon. 🙂 One whole lemon per glass of water.

  • Rillita Wilson
    July 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    I hate drinking regular water so I’ve been drinking 3-4 bottles of lemon water followed by a glass of regular water almost every day since my second trimester. I am 30 weeks pregnant now and I will say lemon water has gotten me to put down the sugar beverages.

    • Stephanie
      July 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Nice!! Good for you!

      • Lulu
        August 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        How frequent can I take the Lemon water. Will it be a problem if I take it everyday?

        • Stephanie
          August 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

          No problem, just rinse or brush your teeth, a lot of acid can hurt your teeth.

  • Katie
    February 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I am in my first trimester with my first child and I am addicted to lemon water. I drink so much lemonade and for some reason when I got pregnant it makes me sick immediately. I started drinking lemon water and I have felt great! This article was really helpful, because I wasn’t sure it was safe to drink it everyday. Thanks!!

  • Elle
    July 10, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Tried it for the the first time tonight and it worked wonders. My fiancé and I are expecting our first baby. I’m still very very early into my pregnancy…5 weeks but already I can tell this is going to be a rough time. The lemon water is really tasty too. I just hope my little bundle starts to take it easy on me…sooner rather than later.

    • Stephanie
      July 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Isn’t it amazing how great it works?! Glad it made you feel better. Have you read some of the other posts on morning sickness? Uping your magnesium intake is huge too. And congrats on your new baby, so exciting!

  • ama
    October 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    I’m in my 1st 1at trimester and I’ve satrted lemom water but can I drink lime water if I dnt see lemom to bu at times is it safe for me ?

    • Stephanie
      October 21, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      That is a really great question and I am not sure of the answer. My gut reaction would be to say it can’t hurt, so try it and see how you feel. But also you may want to consider getting some Young Living Oil, high quality essential oils that you can ingest and do a drop or two of lemon oil instead of fresh lemons if you can’t find them in your area. Congratulations and hope you feel better soon!

    October 29, 2014 at 5:44 AM


  • Cynthia
    February 15, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    Hi, please am 3weeks pregnant, is it ok to drink lemon and tea at the same time? Please help me.

    • Stephanie
      February 15, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      I wouldn’t drink caffenated tea, but there are lots of herbal teas that are safe for pregnancy.

  • Jeanetta
    August 6, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Can you use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons? Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      August 6, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      You could if you were just using it for taste, but fresh, raw lemon is really important for the actual benefits of feeling better… If you are short on time, you could squeeze a bunch of lemon juice at once and it will store in an air-tight container for a week in the fridge and then you just pour out what amount you want each time, instead of having to squeeze a lemon each time… 🙂

  • Kate
    September 11, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    I found that drinking lemon water helped me with bloating. I’m 10 weeks pregnant now and wish I would have thought of this sooner! I honestly tried lemon water because I was having trouble drinking regular water. Now I just squeeze a lemon slice in to my water bottle and I’m good to go!

    • Stephanie
      September 17, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      Awesome!! Congrats on your pregnancy!

  • Lilly
    January 30, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    This is indeed a great eye opener. I do take lemon water but didn’t dare try it during pregnancy and breastfeeding cos I thought it would hurt my baby. But now I know better, the second journey would be easier.

  • Jenny West
    July 31, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    My nausea was driving me insane and nothing was going to help unless I started drinking an organic tea called No to morning sickness tea. I think the ingredients are like lemon, lemon peel, chamomile etc. It was a great help and eased my nausea.

  • Elizabeth D. Shover
    September 14, 2016 at 1:18 AM

    Which has greater health contribution, to use apple or lemon?

  • lavets
    September 17, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Iam 8 weeks pregnant this article really was a help because I was always spittng and feeling like throwing up and I tried lemon water, wow m great now thank you.