It’s essential to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day, including water.
If you don’t like the taste of plain water, you may prefer juices and teas.
Lime, a type of citrus fruit, is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body by preventing or stopping damage caused by free radicals, or chemicals that harm cells.
Drinking lime juice during pregnancy has been considered safe, according to studies.
So, if you feel dehydrated during pregnancy and you don’t want to take just water, lime juice is a brilliant choice.
Here are some of the reasons why taking lime juice while pregnant.
- Replenishes the body with vitamin C
Pregnant women are often deficient of vitamin C. Citrus fruits like limes are excellent sources of vitamin C. Hence, regular intake of lime juice can provide the body with an additional dose of vitamin C, lowering the requirement of vitamin supplements.
- Keeps your blood pressure in check
High blood pressure is not good news for your body, more so when you are pregnant. Chronic high BP can lead to preeclampsia, a life-threatening condition that can force a woman to deliver her baby prematurely. Drinking lime juice helps keep the blood vessels healthy and soft. Lime juice removes the rigidity present in the arteries, thus keeping them pliable.
- Reduces swelling in the feet
Most people get swollen feet during pregnancy, and yes, that hurts and leads to discomfort. A teaspoon of lime juice with warm water can help a notch here! Also, a mixture of lime juice and bitter gourd juice helps reduce the swelling on your feet and makes walking easier.
- Makes the process of labour and childbirth easy
While nothing can really prepare you for labour, a mixture of lime juice and honey in warm water can ease the process. Drinking this juice every three days after the completion of the first trimester, is said to make labour less painful. There is no medical proof to validate this at present, but this is the kind of common wisdom that is passed down several generations