Drinking apple cider vinegar during pregnancy

Susan Fernandez February 02 2022

What vinegar types do you know?

There are many types of vinegar you probably already know. For example, if someone were to offer you a glass of wine or beer with your meal you would likely take them up on the offer. People make a balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, malt vinegar, and more. These types of vinegar are usually made from grapes or grains.

They are used for cooking purposes, like adding flavor to a salad, marinating meat in them, and even pickling vegetables. Also, people use vinegar for cleaning purposes, like cleaning the toilet or removing certain stains.

People put vinegar on their hair sometimes to help with dandruff or just because of the smell it leaves behind afterward. Vinegar has many uses and is a popular product for people around the world to use.

Finally, you can use vinegar for health purposes. Maple syrup and apple cider vinegar products are known to help with diabetes, weight loss, heart disease, arthritis, and other diseases out there. Some people swear by the health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar during pregnancy

What is apple cider vinegar made of?

Apple cider vinegar is different in that it was not originally meant for human consumption, but rather to add flavor and texture to food. The difference with apple cider vinegar is that it is only made from apples and water which makes it a great vegan option.

Apple cider vinegar can be taken by mouth when someone has heartburn or acid reflux because the acetic acid will help to neutralize the stomach acids. This type of vinegar has many other uses and many people use it as a natural alternative to chemical beauty products like deodorant and face masks, etc... But there is one thing people should know before using this product:  

The recipe for apple cider starts with freshly crushed apples and yeast culture; then, it is fermented into an alcoholic state. After that, the alcohol is turned into vinegar through acetic fermentation.

The resulting product has a dark brown color and contains malic acid as well as many other nutritional components. Apple cider vinegar is powerful stuff! Due to its high levels of potassium and enzymes as well as its pectin content, ACV can help keep blood sugar stable which helps decrease those annoying cravings we get between meals.

Where can you use apple cider vinegar?

ACV is a multi-purpose product. You can use it in your hair to tame frizz, give it an extra shine, and even add volume. Wash your hair with the oil first then massage in the ACV for about 15 minutes before rinsing out.

You can also take apple cider internally after meals in order to help control blood sugar levels which decrease cravings for sweets between meals. Taking ACV regularly helps regulate digestion functions including bloating issues many pregnant women experience.

Are there different types of apple cider vinegar?

Yes. There are many different varieties of apple cider vinegar, some stronger than others. Be sure you're using the one that is most appropriate for your needs whether it is cooking, taking it internally, or externally on your skin.

Can you drink apple cider vinegar during pregnancy?

You can, but it's best to dilute the ACV. If you're taking it internally for health benefits, mix 4 tablespoons in a glass of water and drink twice daily. ACV has been used safely for centuries to help maintain health and boost metabolism. It's even safe to use externally on your skin but always dilute first before applying topically onto skin or scalp where you would like extra shine and volume.

ACV is totally safe for lactating women to use, drink, and most importantly ingest since your baby will receive the benefits of the enzymes, potassium, vitamins, and pectin as well as beneficial bacteria without any risk of side effects or damage to your baby whatsoever.

Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily when taking apple cider vinegar. Use only pasteurized ACV throughout your pregnancy. Unpasteurized varieties contain harmful germs which are not safe for pregnant women to consume even if they are diluted.

Typically not more than 1 tablespoon per day is recommended, though some doctors say that up to 2 tablespoons daily are safe enough if taken after mixing with water and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Are there side effects of drinking apple cider vinegar during pregnancy?

Drinking too much apple cider vinegar can cause nausea, which is why it's best to start with small doses and work your way up as your body adjusts to the level of ACV it needs each day.

Drinking ACV daily can also cause heartburn so be sure you're drinking enough water throughout the day to prevent uncomfortable burning sensations in your chest and throat.

What are the advantages of drinking ACV?

  • Treat your morning sickness

For those pregnant women who are experiencing nausea, apple cider vinegar is a great way to help prevent your stomach from feeling upset. Mix 1/2 tablespoon in some water and drink it each morning on an empty stomach for the best effects. Don`t forget to drink lots of water throughout the day.

  • Acts as a natural antibiotic

ACV is very rich in malic acid which acts as an effective antibiotic agent to help your body fight off any infections you may come across including colds, coughs, flu, skin irritations, and more! Just mix 1 tablespoon ACV with 2 tablespoons of raw honey and drink it before going to bed for the best benefits.

  • A great addition to your weight loss plan

Many expectant mothers tend to gain weight during their pregnancies, but there are ways you can lose unwanted pounds after birth by drinking apple cider vinegar each morning on an empty stomach to increase metabolism rates within the body. Make sure you're also eating well-balanced meals daily filled with lots of useful nutrients and taking a daily multivitamin to help reduce the risks of deficiencies linked with pregnancy.

  • Prevent Urinary Tract Infections with AVC(UTI)

Minerals in ACV like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus are very effective in helping to eliminate kidney stones or crystals with daily consumption of 2 tablespoons diluted with water several times per day. It's also an excellent way to offer relief from UTI symptoms by drinking 1 cup of red raspberry leaf tea combined with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar for best results.

  • Preventing & Treating Diarrhea

Mix 1/2 teaspoon ACV into a glass of water and drink it every 3 hours until your diarrhea is gone. The malic acid in ACV helps to rid the digestive system of unpleasant bacteria that lead to diarrhea while the enzymes promote better functioning overall. Be sure you're not taking too much green apple cider vinegar because this will only make your diarrhea worse.

  • Help ease your arthritis symptoms

Pregnant women can experience pain in their joints due to swelling throughout the body during pregnancy so taking apple cider vinegar is an excellent way to offer relief from any discomfort while improving general bone health overall. For best results, combine 1/4 cup ACV, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper, and a glass of warm water. Drink this mixture daily at least twice within an hour after each meal for the best results.

  • Helping you get through labor pains more easily

Drinking apple cider vinegar during your pregnancy can help reduce the risk of complications linked with premature birth so it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor about what you can do to strengthen your immune system naturally while also offering relief from any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing throughout your pregnancy.

To treat morning sickness, drink 1 teaspoon ACV mixed in some lemon juice in the mornings; take 1 tablespoon ACV before breakfast; mix 2 tablespoons ACV into a glass of grapefruit juice and drink it on a daily basis.

  • Preventing & treating heartburns during pregnancy

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent way to help you get rid of heartburn symptoms by mixing 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon raw honey into some warm water before drinking it each morning for best results. You can also simply drink 2 tablespoons diluted with 8 ounces of filtered water as often as needed throughout the day until your heartburn problem is gone.

  • Prevent leg cramps

Very often during pregnancy, the leg muscles can become weak because of the weight gain, leading to cramps. Drinking apple cider vinegar daily is an excellent way to reduce these symptoms by taking 1 tablespoon before bedtime combined with 8 ounces of coconut water for best results. Another remedy involves mixing 2 tablespoons ACV into a glass of warm water and drinking it along with 1 banana; eat the banana slowly until you finish the drink for immediate relief within 45 minutes or less.

  • Decreasing gestational diabetes risks

It's very common during pregnancy to develop high sugar levels in your body called gestational diabetes which can affect both you and your baby's health so make sure you're preventing this problem naturally by adding more fiber into your diet like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains while also drinking 2 tablespoons before each meal. Another option involves taking 3 teaspoons of ACV dissolved into 8 ounces of filtered water right before each meal for the best results.

How long should you drink apple cider vinegar?

Be sure to continue drinking ACV until your child is weaned from breastfeeding or about 4-6 months after birth, whichever comes first. Most children stop breastfeeding by age 1 so it`s best not to continue drinking non pasteurized ACV as it contains harmful bacteria which your baby could ingest and become sick as a result.

How can you make a homemade apple cider vinegar?

You will need:

  • A 32 oz glass jar
  • 4 cups of organic, untreated & non pasteurized apple cider vinegar


Combine 4 cups of ACV into your glass jar then tightly seal the lid to prevent any bacteria from growing inside or spilling out. Keep your jar in a dark & cool place where it won't get bumped or moved around while fermenting for 1 month exactly. Transfer it to a refrigerator after one month is up and keep the mixture sealed until you need to use it again for best results.

Important note: Make sure you don`t heat up your ACV mixture because heat can damage the enzymes and lessen its beneficial effects on both you and your baby's health overall. Let it cool down at room temperature before taking any.

Will vinegar of another type be useful for pregnant women?

No, not at all because only apple cider vinegar contains the nutrients and enzymes that can be beneficial for you and your baby's health during pregnancy. White vinegar & other types of vinegar should never be consumed by pregnant women for this particular purpose.

However, if we are talking about not only cooking purposes, vinegar has a high amount of acids that can damage tooth enamel. When you drink it, it will not be absorbed by your body and thus won`t harm your teeth directly but it can cause acid reflux and heartburn symptoms which you want to avoid during pregnancy at all costs for the sake of both you and your baby's health.

You should also know that while ACV has many health benefits, large amounts of vinegar may not be safe to use during pregnancy including apple cider vinegar because they might interfere with regular blood clotting meaning they could leave you more susceptible to serious bleeding & hemorrhagic strokes as a result.


Apple cider vinegar is very beneficial for both you and your baby's health while pregnant, helping you get rid of morning sickness symptoms but also preventing gestational diabetes, heartburns, and even leg cramps while providing relief from nausea & indigestion on the go without getting any side effects during pregnancy.

To make homemade ACV at home or to enjoy more benefits using regular ACV, simply follow my healthy living tips in order to strengthen your immune system naturally while reducing discomfort symptoms on the go by giving yourself a little bit of apple cider vinegar each day for the best results.