Pregnancy has me eating (and drinking) differently! I discovered a couple new favorite foods that are particularly good for pregnant mamas, or just plain yummy, like the decaf cold brew I whipped up awhile ago, and this lemon ginger drink. 

This drink is from a wonderful book called The First Forty Days, by Heng Ou. It’s all about the essential art of nourishing the new mother, taking care of yourself, and just really letting the first 40 days after giving birth be about you recovering and being able to take care of the new life you just brought into the world.

This drink is amazing for keeping leg cramps at bay, but the Heng Ou also says that it’s a great labor ade drink. I plan on bringing a pitcher of this to the hospital, so lately it’s always been on hand in the fridge for sipping and ready to go at any moment. Needless to say, I’ve been going through lemons like crazy! 

Lemon Ginger Switchel
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A refreshing summer time or recovery drink
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 2 Tablespoons raw honey or agave
  2. 1 cup hot water
  3. 3-4 cups cold filtered water
  4. 1 teaspoon unfiltered and raw apple cider vinegar
  5. 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons), organic if possible
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger or ginger pulp/juice
  7. 3 drops ConcenTrace Mineral Drops
  8. 3 drops Bach Rescue Remedy
  9. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. In a small glass measuring cup, dissolve the honey or agave into the hot water. Pour into a 1 quart jar or pitcher and add the water, vinegar, lemon juice, ginger pulp/juice, mineral drops and rescue remedy and the sea salt.
  2. Stir or shake to combine. Store in the fridge. Adjust any ingredients/sweetener to your taste.
  1. I made this and always kept a pitcher on hand the last month of my pregnancy because it really helped with leg cramps! I also always kept a pitcher ready around the time of my due date to have during pre-labor and to take to the birth center with us. It's a great labor-aid drink and helps with contractions and energy. Bach rescue remedy is also good in times of stress. This would be a great recovery drink for athletes and pregnant ladies alike!
Adapted from The First Forty Days by Heng Ou
Adapted from The First Forty Days by Heng Ou
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