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Question #92783 posted on 11/23/2019 1:48 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

You're not doctors and I'm not pregnant.

Is ginger and lemon tea safe for pregnancy? I've heard that straight water isn't great for pregnant women and can make them nauseous, but that both ginger tea and lemon things can help with nausea. Apart from helping with digestion and nausea, are there any other affects that ginger & lemon tea might have on the body?




Dear pear,

Why wouldn't straight water be okay for pregnant women? We've survived thousands of years by drinking water, and I cannot see any reason why clean water wouldn't be good.

Sure, if you'd like, you can find articles by tabloid newspapers like The Daily Mail that insist tap water, or drinking water, or whatever can harm you and melt your baby into Brie, but by and large these do not seem to be reliable sources.

The Mayo Clinic says this about drinking water:

Water carries nutrients from the food you eat to your baby. It can also help prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, excessive swelling, and urinary tract or bladder infections.

The Institute of Medicine recommends about 10 cups (2.4 liters) of fluids a day during pregnancy. Water, juices, coffee, tea and soft drinks all contribute to your daily fluid needs. Keep in mind, however, that some drinks are high in sugar and too much can cause weight gain.

Unless you live in Flint, Michigan, your municipal tap water is most likely safe for you, and a better choice than bottled.Bottled water is often made from tap water, anyways, and is at best an unnecessary "luxury" and at worst a scam that divests needy individuals and families from money that could best be spent anywhere else. If you'd like, of course, there are tools that can help you figure out your municipal water's track record.

Ginger is fine for pregnant women. Some people find it soothes their nausea, which is why ginger ale is also a staple on planes (the efficacy of ginger against nausea is disputed). I didn't find other strong medical benefits for ginger.

Lemon water and lemon-things sound refreshing, but don't seem to have any benefits besides being a source of Vitamin C and being delicious.

If they help you and help you hydrate, great. If not, that's okay too.

Suerte with your not-pregnancy,

--Ardilla Feroz

posted on 11/23/2019 7:25 p.m.
As a currently pregnant woman, my research and experience support this answer. Ginger (natural, real ginger) can be very effective for treating nausea. In my personal experience, it was the only thing that helped me (above the Unisom/B6 combination recommended by my OB, even).

From what I read, smelling lemon can also help with nausea. And lemon tea can also be quite soothing.

Peppermint, which can be used for upset stomachs, is not recommended in pregnancy because it can also cause stomach upset or heartburn. It can also reduce breastmilk production, though this may be somewhat anecdotal depending on dosage.

Unless there is a pre-existing allergy on the mama's part, or it becomes a trigger for nausea on its own, these two food items are safe and can be effective in pregnancy.

~ The Mama Who Wants to Know Everything