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Type of Teas Which are Safe for Pregnancy

Posted in: Conditions, Nutrition, Herbs
By Dr. Pantea Etminan, NHD
Apr 24, 2012 - 1:30:00 PM

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It is good to utilize herbal teas during pregnancy, because of their benefits and nutrient factors. In addition, some could offer relief of indigestion, nauseas, bloating and even strengthen the uterus. But it is vital to be mindful of what type of tea leaves you are using and the amount of caffeine (as caffeine can have stimulating effect and be hazardous during pregnancy).

How Much Caffeine is Enough?

No more than 200 mg is suggested, which would equal a small cup of regular coffee. Of course, black, oolong, white or green tea do contain caffeine as well--so be aware. Tea, though, does contain less caffeine than coffee in general.

What are the Best Type of Teas for Pregnancy?

There are many herbal teas, but not all are safe during pregnancy--as some may have stimulating effect on the uterus and cause miscarriage. There could be other reasons as well--each tea leaf is different. There are certain safe ones that has been used and tested to be safe. As a matter of fact, utilizing some of these herbal teas could be highly beneficial for your pregnancy.

  • Red Raspberry Leaf : assists in toning the uterus, decreases labor pains and increases milk production. In addition, it is high in levels of nutrients, such as calcium, iron and some vitamin B. It relaxes the smooth muscles, ease leg cramps, assists with expelling the placenta and enhances milk production. It has been shown to have stimulating effect on the uterus (especially if large amounts are taken), so it is best to utilize this during the first trimester. If taken after, then in smaller amounts only. It is best to be aware of your body and feel what is best for you. If you feel unstable in that regards, then skipping it would be best.
  • Ginger Root: assist in relieving nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Flatulence, digestive problems, and morning sickness are few other symptoms that it is helpful for. Ginger tea contains vitamin B6 and vitamin C, which are both important in pregnancy. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, no more than 1 gram of ginger daily and no more than 4 days at a time, for pregnant women.
  • Peppermint Leaf: It has been shown to provide relief of nausea and morning sickness for pregnant women. The peppermint leaf acts to calm the stomach muscles, which are involved with episodes of vomiting. It also is helpful to ease flatulence, as it helps to relax the muscles that allow gas to pass. In addition, it provides vitamins A and C.Rooibos Tea: From South Africa, this tea leaf is the choice of drink in expectant mothers in Africa. It is caffeine free and contains little tannins, which prevent the body from absorbing iron. It is rich in antioxidants and help to soothe allergy reactions. Japanese scientist have shown that Rooibos tea has beneficial effects on constipation, liver function, stomach/indigestion issues (relieving nausea, vomiting, and heartburn), blood sugar levels, skin disease, depression and anxiety.
  • Lemon Balm: Provides relaxation of body and muscles. May assist with digestion and constipation.
  • Linden Flower: calming effect.
  • Rose Hip: rich in vitamin C.

What to Avoid in Tea Bags

Tea bags these days are made with paper, which may be chlorine bleached. As a result small amounts of toxic chlorine compounds, such as dioxins, may be in the teabag paper. To avoid getting any toxins, it is best to either utilize the loose leaf teas or tea bags that are made of silk or muslin.


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